A battle of submission specialists is in the works for August, as
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
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.