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Veteran Paulo Thiago cut from UFC roster after third straight loss

Guilherme Cruz

Veteran welterweight Paulo Thiago has been cut from the UFC after a five-year run. has confirmed the news, which was first reported Wednesday by Brazil's Combate.

Thiago (15-8) got off to a memorable start in the UFC, when he scored a first-round knockout of Josh Koscheck at UFC 95 and was awarded a KO of the Night bonus.

He went on to win three of his first four UFC bouts, culminating in a D'Arce choke win over Mike Swick at UFC 109, which earned Thiago another postfight bonus.

But things turned south from there for the 33-year old Brazilian. Thiago dropped seven of his past nine fights, including his past three bouts. The most recent loss came on Sept. 13, when he dropped a decision to Sean Spencer in Thiago's hometown of Brasilia.

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