Raulian Paiva


Suffers nasty cut
August 10, 2019
Paiva lost to Rogerio Bontorin via TKO (cut) at 2:56 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in Montevideo, Uruguay on Saturday.
Paiva had his moments in this fight and even appeared to hurt Bontorin. However, after Bontorin went for a slam takedown, Paiva had a huge and nasty cut across his brow. The referee stopped the fight, and it became clear very quickly that the contest needed to be over. Despite dropping his first two bouts in the UFC, Paiva will likely earn another shot due to the nature of this finish.
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Draws bout at UFC Uruguay
June 14, 2019
Paiva will fight Rogerio Bontorin at UFC Uruguay on Aug. 10, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
Paiva's UFC debut ended in defeat via split decision despite him landing more significant strikes and leading the way in submission attempts and getting credited with a guard pass. He will get his shot at redemption in Uruguay, and will likely look to use his two extra inches of height and reach to his advantage to prevent Paiva -- a submission specialist -- from getting him on the mat.
Can't be happy with the judges
February 9, 2019
Paiva lost to Kai Kara-France via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne.
Paiva did a good job staying in the pocket and landing counters. However, Kara-France was the one coming forward and landing. In the end, the judges seemed to be swayed by the forward pressure from Kara-France. Paiva made his debut following the Dana White Contender series, and he looked solid in this loss.
Schedules UFC debut
December 10, 2018
Paiva will take on Kai Kara-France in a flyweight bout at UFC 234 on Feb. 10, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Paiva has been bouncing around various circuits since just before the age of 18, but finally earned his opportunity with a split-decision victory over Allan Nascimento on the Brazilian version of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He has a lot of fight time for a combatant of his age, riding a 12-fight winning streak with an overall record of 18-1. Just six of his 18 wins have been earned via stoppage. Across the cage will be a competitor in Kara-France that will have the home crowd behind him as a New Zealand native, in addition to have the advantage of having already competed on a UFC card. Both men could be fighting for their job in this one, as the UFC is expected to eliminate the men's 125-pound division at some point in 2018.