Middleweight submission specialist Rousimar Palhares rebounded from an embarrassing TKO loss to Nate Marquardt with a second round submission victory over Dave Branch at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann this past March.
Now, “Toquinho” will square off against Dan Miller at the impending UFC 134 fight card — which will take place in his backyard of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — in an attempt to string two wins together and climb his way back up the UFC middleweight ranks.
Confident in his ability to dispatch of the elder of the fighting Miller brothers, Palhares recently spoke with FightersOnly.com and revealed that he’s got his eyes on a bout with outspoken 185’er Chael Sonnen as a result of the Oregonian’s frequent insults toward Brazil and many of its revered MMA legends.
“Look, in today’s world, it is not good for a man to expose himself so much,” Palhares said of Sonnen. “As long Chael Sonnen doesn’t speak about me, it’s alright. If he cites my name then the thing will turn into a different one for his side [laughs].
“Now, I wouldn’t like to call him out because I already have a bout set, but after winning, who knows? Yes, he is a guy I would like to fight with.”
Palhares must first get past Miller this August 27 at the HSBC Arena; the fight card will mark the UFC’s first trip to Brazil since UFC 17.5 in 1998.