The Ultimate Fighting Championship has procured the services of another 145-pound member of Andre Pederneiras’ Rio de Janeiro-based team Nova Uniao.
Hacran Dias, the 27-year-old cousin of Bellator competitor Marlon Sandro and main sparring partner of UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo, signed a three-fight contract with the UFC on Saturday before the cameras of Brazil’s Sensei SporTV.
“Today is the happiest day of my life,” Dias told the Brazilian outlet. “Dede [Pederneiras] has been working on this for a long time, trying to get me in there, and today he came up with the contract, super-happy. When he handed it to me, I couldn’t believe it. Everyone cheered for me. I’m very happy with everything that’s happening to me.”
Dias joins teammates Aldo, Renan Barao, Johnny Eduardo and Luis Ramos under the Zuffa banner. A product of Rio de Janeiro’s Santo Amaro favela, Dias began fighting at age 18 after a brief career in youth soccer and has since amassed an impressive 20-1-1 record. He currently holds the Shooto South America featherweight title and has won eight straight outings since dropping a decision to South Korean standout Yui Chul Nam in July 2009.
The date of Dias’ Octagon debut is still unknown.