Paulo Thiago keeps dogging American Kickboxing Academy fighters. He screwed up Josh Koscheck's 2009 welterweight title hopes with an upset at UFC 95, and now he's done it to Koscheck's AKA teammate Mike Swick.
Thiago's standing defense looked terrible in his UFC debut against Koscheck, but he still knocked him out with a huge uppercut. His defense was a 100 percent better Saturday, and it seemed to throw Swick's rythym off.
Swick, who is always a relentless guy on the feet, finally landed a good straight right early in the second roun and he tried to unload on Thiago. However, the Brazilian backed up and countered with a huge left. Swick went down and before he was able to scramble, Thiago locked on a d'arce choke. It took just seconds to put Swick to sleep.
Referee Herb Dean stepped in at 1:54 of the second round, giving Thiago the win.
Swick (14-4, 9-3 UFC) was a minus-200 favorite. Thiago (13-1, 3-1 UFC) is now 2-1 against AKA's trio of welterweights. Thiago earned the knockout of the night bonus against Koscheck, and he looks like a lock for submission of the night again.