A UFC 128 bout pitting Karlos Vemola against Luiz Cane has been signed for UFC 128 on March 19 in New Jersey. While Sherdog.com first reported the rumored bout, MMAWeekly.com sources on Monday indicated that the bout is now a done deal.
Vemola (8-1), a Czech fighter, stumbled in his Octagon debut, losing a unanimous decision to Jon Madsen. He rebounded well at UFC 122, finishing Seth Petruzelli by TKO in the opening round of the fight.
He made the switch from heavyweight to light heavyweight with the Petruzelli bout, indicating much promise for his future. Vemola has finished all eight of the opponents he has defeated in an even mix of knockouts and submissions.
Starting his UFC career with three wins to one loss, Cane (10-3) is walking the career tightrope in the Octagon with this fight. He is coming off of back-to-back losses to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and, most recently, Cyrille Diabate. Cane will likely need to win to remain on the UFC roster.
UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is expected to defend his belt against former champion Rashad Evans in the UFC 128 main event.
(Additional reporting by Lee Whitehead)