The UFC announced via their official website that another match up has been added to the impending UFC: Rio fight card, this one between light heavyweights Luiz “Banha” Cané and Stanislav Nedkov.
This match up is in keeping with the pattern set so far for all other match ups on the card: a Brazilian against a non-Brazilian, with Cané fulfilling the role of Brazilian talent.
Cané made his UFC debut back at UFC 79 in 2007 against James Irvin, losing that bout via disqualification after landing an illegal knee to the “Sandman’s” dome that put a stop to things. Since that bout, Cané has gone 4-2 in the UFC, with his only losses coming via TKO against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cyrille Diabate. “Banha” has earned Knockout of the Night honors once in his UFC career and has scored wins over Jason Lambert, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Steve Cantwell and Eliot Marshall. In his most recent outing, Cané snapped the two-fight losing streak that Nogueira and Diabate put him on by defeating Eliot Marshall via first round TKO.
Undefeated Bulgarian fighter Stanislav Nedkov will be making his UFC debut this Summer when he takes on Cané. The 29-year old has managed to stay unbeaten over eleven bouts, with only two of those bouts going the distance. Nedkov was slated to make his UFC debut at UFC 117 last August against Rodney Wallace but was forced off of the bout with injury; he was then expected to face Steve Cantwell at UFC 120, but Cantwell had to drop out of the bout at the last minute with an injury of his own, cancelling the bout.
UFC: Rio is scheduled for August 27th at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.