"They just confirmed I'll face Mike Kyle on
Sept. 10," de Lima told Sherdog.com Tuesday. The
Sept. 10 card has no slated venue or city yet, but will feature
the semifinals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix and will
air live on Showtime.
Though he represents Sao Paulo's Barbosa Team, Pezao will be
training at Brazil's current top gym, Nova Uniao, for his upcoming
bout with Kyle.
“[Nova Uniao leader Andre] Pederneiras is a long time friend of my
master [Marcos] Barbosa. Barbosa asked him to help me and here I
am," said the unbeaten de Lima. "I arrived in Rio de Janeiro
yesterday and haven't trained yet, but I can already feel the
excellent atmosphere with the team."
Sporting an 8-0 MMA mark with seven stoppages, the native of
Ribeirao Pires, Sao Paulo, is expecting an exciting fight with
Kyle, a like-minded striker.
“Kyle is a dangerous striker who already defeated tough guys like
Cavalcante]," said de Lima. "We have a similar style and I
think it's a great choice from the event. I believe we can make a
pretty exciting fight for the fans."
Pezao hasn't competed since last October, when he took a unanimous
decision over former WEC champion Paulo Filho. It
will be the first fight for the 31-year-old Kyle since he faced off
with another man nicknamed "Pezao," losing via second-round
knockout to heavyweight Antonio
Silva in December.