Palhares vs. Linhares At UFC 107

September 29, 2009

Rousimar Palhares

Rousimar Palhares

Middleweights Rousimar Palhares and Lucio Linhares are expected to meet at UFC 107 on Dec. 12 in Memphis, Tenn.

Palhares (9-2) was originally scheduled to meet Alessio Sakara at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas, but a Monday report from said that native Italian Sakara was forced to withdraw from the fight after encountering visa problems.

Stepping into Sakara’s place is M-1 regular Lucio Linhares, who will make his Octagon debut on the southern card. Linhares (13-4) fought last month at “Breakthrough,” M-1’s first major card stateside, where he submitted Mikhail Zayats in a cool minute. He is currently riding a five-fight win streak. sources said the bout was originally scheduled for the Dec. 5 card, but was recently moved to UFC 107. Verbal agreements are in place and the bout will be made official shortly.