Light heavyweight Luiz Cane and lightweight Thiago Tavares have been named as the latest Brazilians being given an opportunity to impress their countrymen in Rio de Janeiro when the UFC returns to the birthplace of BJJ on August 27 after more than a decade away.
According to an official statement on the UFC’s website, 11-3 Cane will look to build on the momentum from a first round TKO over Eliot Marshall in March against 11-0 Bulgarian Stanislav Nedkov at the event, while Tavares see action against grizzled veteran Spencer Fisher with both men hoping to avoid losses in back-to-back outings.
The 15-4-1 Tavares was last seen on the wrong end of a knockout against Shane Roller at UFC Live 3 a little more than a month ago after going 2-0-1 in three fights prior to the match-up. He holds past wins over Manny Gamburyan and Michihiro Omigawa though is undoubtedly facing one of the toughest tests of his career in the form of 24-7 Fisher.
Fisher, who is coming off a decision defeat to Ross Pearson, has been a staple of the UFC for the past five years and has emerged victorious against a number of game opponents including Josh Neer, Caol Uno, Sam Stout, and Thiago Alves. Nineteen of his twenty-four wins have been the result of a finishing performance.
On the larger end of the size scale, the collision between Cane and Nedkov should be ripe with entertainment given the fact they’ve combined for twenty TKOs/submissions in twenty-two total victories.
Nedkov will be making his promotional debut at UFC Rio after a successful run overseas including wins over Kevin Randleman and Travis Wiuff.
Other bouts expected for the show include Anderson Silva putting his middleweight title on the line against Yushin Okami and former 205-pound title-holders Forrest Griffin and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua dueling it out for a second time after Griffin submitted Rua late in their 2007 pairing.
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