Cane’s delayed middleweight debut will now take place at
153, as “Banha” is slated to lock horns with Chris
Camozzi on Oct. 13.
Promotion officials confirmed the booking Wednesday on the UFC’s
Brazilian website. Additionally, Brazilian website Tatame.com reports that former
heavyweight title contender Gabriel
Gonzaga will take on Octagon newcomer Geronimo
dos Santos at the event.
UFC 153 marks the Las Vegas-based promotion’s third trip to Rio de
Janeiro in 14 months and will emanate from the HSBC Arena. The show
is expected to air on pay-per-view and will see featherweight
champion Jose Aldo
defend his belt against surging challenger Erik Koch in
the main event.
Cane, 31, was initially to make his debut at 185 pounds against
former middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami
at UFC 150, but Cane was forced to withdraw from the bout due to
injury. The Brazilian now enters the cage having lost three of his
last four fights at light heavyweight, most recently falling by
knockout by unbeaten Bulgarian Stanislav
Nedkov just under one year ago at UFC 134.
Camozzi has won back-to-back bouts heading into his showdown with
Cane. The American has been perfect in 2012 thus far, first
Jacoby with a guillotine choke in January before badly
lacerating Nick Catone
last month at UFC on FX 4 en route to a third-round doctor's
stoppage. The victory marks the fifth win by way of knockout for
Camozzi, who also owns six career triumphs by submission.
A Rio native now fighting out of Ludlow, Mass., 33-year-old Gonzaga
returned to the UFC in January to submit countryman Ednaldo
Oliveira. The submission specialist holds an 8-5 record in the
UFC, including a famous head kick knockout of Mirko
Known as “Geronimo Mondragon,” dos Santos enters the UFC having
compiled more than 40 bouts in six years as a professional. The
31-year-old from Bahia, Brazil, currently rides a 10-fight winning