UFC officials announced the new bout on Tuesday.
Known as one of the most dangerous grapplers in the UFC, Rousimar Palhares will look for his fifth win via submission when he returns to fight in his home country of Brazil for the second time in a row.
Palhares defeated New Jersey native Dan Miller by decision in his last fight at UFC 134, and now he faces one of Miller’s teammates for his next fight at home in Brazil.
Mike Massenzio will try to gain a touch of revenge when he travels to Brazil to face Palhares on the UFC 142 card.
Massenzio returned to the UFC on short notice back at UFC 131 where he fought at light heavyweight and lost a tough bout against Krzysztof Soszynski. Back at his natural weight class of 185lbs, Massenzio took out former WEC champion Steve Cantwell in his last fight at UFC 136 in early October.
Massenzio will definitely have his hands full when he travels to Brazil to face Palhares on his home turf.