The crowded UFC 155-pound division just got some more good company.
Marcus Aurelio (14-4) — who established himself in the PRIDE FC lightweight division -- has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC, according to his training camp at American Top Team.
The Brazilian is perhaps best known for his upset submission win over Takanori Gomi at Bushido 10 in April 2006. Gomi avenged the loss later that same year in November via split decision at Bushido 13 — a result that didn't sit well with some viewers.
Here's a snip from the Web site:
"Great news for Marcus who gets to showcase his skills to a whole new audience. Marcus has a incredible Jiu-Jitsu, and is best known for his ZST Grand Prix tournament victories, and his stunning win over then PRIDE Champion Takanori Gomi. Marcus is extremely excited about fighting for the UFC and competing in this talented division."
Aurelio is just the latest PRIDE FC fighter to defect to the Octagon in recent weeks and months. And his presence in the lightweight division should cause some fireworks as soon as his number is called.
This is yet another fine addition to the UFC roster.
No date for his debut or potential opponent has been announced ... yet.