Lucas Martins vs. Jeremy Larsen targeted as 13th bout for May's UFC on FX 8 card


lucas-martins-1.jpgA lightweight matchup between Brazilian striker Lucas Martins and Jeremy Larsen has reportedly been added to May’s UFC on FX 8 event.

Brazilian outlet Ataquetotal.com first reported the contest, and Tatame.com has since confirmed the booking with additional sources. UFC executives have yet to make an official announcement, but the proposed bout represents the 13th contest for the fight card.

With a main event of Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold, UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18, likely at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul. The event’s main card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.

A former professional Muay Thai fighter, 24-year-old Martins brought an undefeated MMA record to his UFC debut at this past January’s UFC on FX 7 event. However, he was overwhelmed by fellow striker Edson Barboza and was forced to submit to punches in the opening round.

He now meets Jeremy Larsen, a former cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 15.” Larsen made his official UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale and suffered a first-round TKO loss to Joe Proctor. The Arizona resident’s other two career losses came to fellow UFC veterans Efrain Escudero and Edgar Garcia.

Both fighters are likely competing for the right to remain on the UFC roster.

With the reported additions to the card, UFC on FX 8 now includes:

MAIN CARD (FX)

  • Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
  • Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza
  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira
  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX and Facebook)

  • Mike Rio vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Lance Benoist vs. Paulo Thiago
  • Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker
  • Roger Hollett vs. Fabio Maldonado
  • John Cholish vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Chris Cariaso vs. Jussier Formiga*
  • Yuri Alcantara vs. Marcos Vinicius*
  • Hacran Dias vs. Manny Gamburyan*
  • Jeremy Larsen vs. Lucas Martins*

* – Not officially announced

For the latest on UFC on FX 8, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Lucas Martins)

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