Source: Palhares-Ferreira Targeted for UFC ‘Rio’


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit
A battle of submission specialists is in the works for August, as middleweights Rousimar Palhares and Alexandre Ferreira will likely square off at UFC 134 “Rio.”

Sherdog.com confirmed the news with a source close to the matchup on Thursday following an initial report from Brazilian outlet Portal do Vale Tudo. Palhares (Pictured; file photo) and Ferreira were originally supposed to meet at UFC Live 3 in March, but Ferreira was forced to withdraw from the bout two months prior in light of the massive floods that affected Brazil.

UFC 134 goes down Aug. 27 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will likely be headlined by a middleweight title rematch, as Anderson Silva takes on No. 1 contender Yushin Okami. The card is also scheduled to feature a light heavyweight rematch between former champions Mauricio Rua and Forrest Griffin.

Palhares, 31, has won four of his last five bouts inside the Octagon. His lone loss in the last two years came to Nate Marquardt at UFC Fight Night 22 in September. After diving for one of his trademark leg locks early in the first frame, “Toquinho” complained to the referee after Marquardt squirmed out of the hold. The Grudge Training Center fighter capitalized on Palhares’ divided attention and dropped a brutal right hand that led to the fight’s finish. Most recently, Palhares submitted Dave Branch with a kneebar in March.

“Cacareco” recently had a seven-fight winning streak spoiled in his UFC debut, when the Brazilian was blitzed by former International Fight League champion Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 122 in November. A 12-year veteran of the sport, Ferreira will make the drop from light heavyweight for his bout against Palhares in Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian is a veteran of IFL, Jungle Fight and WVC competition, and he owns 17 of his 18 career wins by submission.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 23 days ago
  • 27 views

A welterweight bout between Alex Garcia and Matt Dwyer has been targeted for next month’s UFC 176 event.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more

  • 21 days ago
  • 106 views

T.J. Dillashaw’s first title defense will come in his backyard, and it will likely come against a familiar foe. more

  • 6 days ago
  • 33 views

"Cowboy" said he would fight anyone, anytime, anywhere ... and it looks like he wasn't kidding. Fresh off his second-round shellacking over Jim Miller at UFC Fight Night 45 earlier this week on FOX Sports 1 (watch it), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Donald Cerrone will reportedly make a quick turnaround to face off against undefeated sambo specialist Khabib Nurmagomedov at the upcoming UFC 178 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Sept. 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada more

  • 16 days ago
  • 30 views

UFC 176's headliner-less card already has done a significant amount of business at the box office, even if questions remain about the event’s pay-per-view viability.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more

  • 29 days ago
  • 63 views

UFC's Mark Fischer announced a bunch of news about the Asian side of things, and among the updates include the signing Tawanese prospect Rocky Lee. Mark Fischer gave a myriad of updates on the Asian side of the UFC's plans, and among the news announced is the signing of Taiwan's Rocky Lee. The Managing Director of UFC Asia broke the news to MMA-in-Asia.com, stating that the unbeaten prospect is set to make his debut at the upcoming UFC: Macau card this August. The 27-year-old is 3-0 in his MMA c more

  • 29 days ago
  • 36 views

“The Ultimate Fighter: China” featherweight tournament will finally get some resolution when the final takes place in August at UFC Fight Night 48.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more

  • 28 days ago
  • 53 views

What does a victory mean for James Te Huna, Nate Marquardt, Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens this upcoming weekend in their respective fights taking place in New Zealand and Texas? We explore the consequences below, ahead of their tussles at UFC Fight Night 43 and Fight Night 44, respectively. Get ready for another double-header weekend full of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) battles in two different continents. Don't act so thrilled. After an exhaustive Saturday in May saw UFC Fight Night 4 more

  • 28 days ago
  • 56 views

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – It takes a special kind of human being to willingly take part in hand-to-hand combat, even if it is of the sporting variety. But even those men and women who take part in such grueling physical tests can often suffer from a lack of self-belief. more

  • 28 days ago
  • 66 views

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Fight Night 43: "Te Huna vs. Marquardt" and UFC Fight Night 44: "Swanson vs. Stephens," both of which will take place this Saturday (June 28, 2014) from Auckland, New Zealand, and San Antonio, Texas, respectively. Best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more! Strap yourselves in ... this is going to be a long one. It's mixed martial arts (MMA) all day this Saturday (June 28, 2014) as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to both Aucklan more