MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the fight with Salaverry’s camp, which received the fight offer just this afternoon. However, the fight was first reported by Sherdog.com, which mentioned the fighter’s likely signing last week.
This is a good first fight for Palhares. Training out of Brazilian Top Team, Palhares comes highly touted at middleweight and should be a nice boost of talent for the division. Salaverry is a journeyman and no pushover, however, and is a solid test for Palhares in his first fight with the UFC. It will be interesting to see how the BTT product performs inside the cage.