Just a few days ago, it was reported that Brazilian submission machine, Rousimar Palhares, had requested and been granted a spot on the card for UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro this August. Now, he has an opponent in fellow leglock specialist, Alexandre Ferreira, a middleweight bout that was originally supposed to take place back in March until "Cacareco" dropped out. Portal do Vale Tudo reports the booking:
Sources have informed PVT that Rousimar Palhares will fight Alexandre Cacareco at UFC Rio on August 27th at the HSBC Arena. Contracts for the bout are being signed.
"Cacareco" was the original leg-mangler out of Brazilian Top Team before he moved to Chute Boxe, so in addition to being an intriguing clash of two powerful grapplers, this bou may also carry a BTT vs. Chute Boxe story line, although recent rumors have suggested that Cacareco has parted ways with Chute Boxe.
UPDATE (by Kid Nate): Cacareco tells Tatame that the fight is not yet set:
"I'm still fighting to move down to middleweight, let's see how it'll work, if I'm going down or not. My natural weigh is 207lbs, I weigh that since I'm 14 years old... Nothing is set yet", (Ferreira) said.
For his part Palhares is talking to the Brazilian press about Cacareco and the fight, via R7 Esportes, translated by Tom Mendes:
On his relationship with Cacareco:
We haven't spoken to each other for a long time. We have only spoken once since he left the team. We used to get along well, we'd always help each other during the training sessions.
On how he sees the fight playing out:
A fight is a fight, right? He went to another team, perhaps he changed his game. But it's basically the same, take down, punch and go for a submission. I can't say how (the fight will play out), because we both know what we'll be facing (laughs).
About the advantages of fighting at home:
Dude, I don't like to travel (laughs), so this will help me out a lot. I don't have to adapt to the climate or the time zone, it's a big advantage. Usually I travel five days before a fight, but to this day I'm still not used to the time zone (laughs).
Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for the latest news on this possible bout.
Rousimar "Toquinho" Palhares (12-3)
Win Dave Branch - submission (heel hook/kneebar) - UFC on Versus 3, 03/31/11
Loss Nate Marquardt - TKO (punches) - UFC Fight Night 22, 9/15/10
Win Tomasz Drwal - submission (heel hook) - UFC 111, 3/27/10
Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira (18-6)
Loss Vladimir Matyushenko - TKO (punches - UFC 122, 11/13/10
Win Walter Mazurkievicz - submission (kimura) - Jungle Fight 15, 10/17/09
Win Vagner Curio - submission (achilles lock) - Jungle Fight 14, 9/19/09