Brazilian middleweight submission specialist Rousimar Palhares has been forced to pull out of his fight with Alessio Sakara at UFC 101 due to a fractured fibula suffered while training.
The report of the injury came courtesy of intheguard.tv and went on to say that Palhares underwent successful surgery in Rio de Janeiro.
Palhares broke into the UFC in May of 2008 at UFC 84 against Ivan Salaverry and submitted the veteran with an armbar in the first round. Palhares then faced Dan Henderson at UFC 88 and while he lost a unanimous decision, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt did not make it easy for Henderson as he was constantly looking for submissions and kept the PRIDE veteran off guard the entire 15 minutes.
Palhares rebounded nicely at UFC 93 when he defeated Jeremy Horn via unanimous decision. He was the favorite going into the fight with Sakara due to his dominant submissions. Now he will have to wait until at least July to begin training again. Palhares is currently under the tutelage of former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante at Brazilian Top Team. He is 9-2 with six of those victories coming via submission.