According to Tatame.com, Brazilian middleweight fighters Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares and Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira will likely meet at the UFC’s third outing on the Versus network, which will come this March.
Palhares is a submission specialist owning a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt under Murilo Bustamante, a former UFC veteran. “Toquinho” made his UFC debut in 2008 at UFC 84, where he earned Submission of the Night honors by scoring an armbar over Ivan Salaverry. He has since posted a 3-2 record in the promotion, with losses to Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt being slightly outweighed by wins over Jeremy Horn, Tomasz Drwal and Lucio Linhares. His most recent appearance came against Nate Marquardt, in a bout that resulted in an embarrassing loss. Palhares ignored one of the cardinal rules of fighting–defend yourself at all times–by turning away from his opponent to complain that Marquardt was greasing after a failed heel hook attempt. Marquardt took the opportunity to pound away at Palhares and earn the TKO victory; Palhares later apologized when it was determined officially that Marquardt was not cheating.
Chute Boxe product (and former Brazilian Top Team teammate to Palhares) Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira made his UFC debut in November of this year, losing via TKO to MMA veteran Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko. Prior to that loss, “Cacareco” had posted seven wins in a row. Like Palhares, Ferreira is also a submission specialist who owns seventeen of his eighteen wins by submission. The 5’7″ fighter will presumably be dropping from light heavyweight to middleweight for this bout. The 31-year old fighter owns a professional record of 18-6, with his only non-submission win coming by way of split decision over Heath Herring.
UFC on Versus 3 has yet to be announced officially by the UFC, but is expected to take place on March 3rd of next year at an unannounced venue possibly in Louisville, Kentucky.