daniel-sarafian-2.jpgA middleweight bout between “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” finalist Daniel Sarafian (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and promotional newcomer Eddie Mendez (7-0-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) is in the works for UFC on FUEL TV 10.

Tatame.com first brought word of the matchup, though UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement.

UFC on FUEL TV 10, which also serves as the finale for “TUF: Brazil 2,” takes place June 8, likely at Ginasio Paulo Sarasate in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.

It’s not clear where Sarafian vs. Mendez will be placed on the lineup.

Sarafian fought his way to the tourney final of “TUF: Brazil” this past year, but he was pulled from the fight with eventual show winner Cezar Ferreira due to an injury. Instead, he made his official UFC debut at UFC on FX 7, where the Brazilian suffered a split-decision defeat to C.B. Dollaway. It snapped the submission specialist’s four-fight win streak.

He now takes on Mendes, a California-based fighter and onetime Strikeforce competitor who makes his UFC debut. Mendez turned pro in 2008 and has racked up a 7-0-1 record (with one no-contest). While most of his fights have come with regional promotions, he made an appearance with Strikeforce in late 2011, when he edged former WEC fighter Fernando Gonzalez (17-9 at the time) via split decision with a late rally.

Mendes initially was slated to debut against Nick Penner at UFC on FX 6 but was forced off the card with an injury.

With the addition, the UFC on FUEL TV 10 lineup now includes:

  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Rafael Cavalcante vs. Thiago Silva
  • John Hathaway vs. Erick Silva
  • Rony Jason vs. Mike Wilkinson*
  • Caio Magalhaes vs. Karlos Vemola*
  • Derek Brunson vs. Ronny Markes*
  • Ildemar Alcantara vs. Jason High*
  • Eddie Mendez vs. Daniel Sarafian*

* – Not officially announced

For the latest on UFC on FUEL TV 10, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Daniel Sarafian)

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