Thiago Tavares vs. Quinn Mulhern set for UFC Fight Night 32

Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

Thiago Tavares returns to the Octagon to meet Quinn Mulhern at UFC Fight Night 32 on Nov. 9 in Goiania, Brazil. Sources close to the UFC confirmed the match-up to MMA Fighting on Monday.

Tavares last fought in January when he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On the post-fight drug test, the Brazilian tested positive for drostanolone and was suspended for nine months.

The loss stopped Tavares’ two-fight win streak, which included a decision victory over Sam Stout and a stoppage win over Spencer Fisher.

Mulhern, a fellow jiu-jitsu black belt, looks to earn his first win inside the Octagon in Brazil. A former Strikeforce welterweight, the Jackson’s MMA product makes his lightweight debut after suffering a first-round TKO loss to Rick Story on March.

Mulhern was expected to make his 155-pound debut against Ryan Couture at UFC 164, on Aug. 31, but was forced out of the bout with a hand injury.

UFC Fight Night 32 is headlined by the light-heavyweight showdown between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson, and features the original TUF Brazil 1 middleweight final Cezar Ferreira vs. Daniel Sarafian in the co-main event. The other match-ups already confirmed for the show are Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Ryan LaFlare and Rafael Cavalcante vs. Igor Pokrajac.

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