After losing his original opponent due to injury, TUF Brasil winner Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira has suffered an injury of his own, forcing him out of his May 18 bout with Chris Camozzi. Replacing Ferreira is Rafael Natal, who most recently submitted Sean Spencer at UFC on FOX in January.
updated April 1
TUF 7 middleweight CB Dollaway has been injured and forced out of his planned May 18 bout against TUF Brasil winner Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira. Stepping in for him will be another show alum, TUF 11’s Chris Camozzi, who is coming off a decision win over Nick Ring at UFC 158.
updated March 25
Just days after being medically cleared from a previous injury and agreeing to fight at UFC on FX 8, featherweight Manny Gamburyan has again suffered an injury during training and been forced off of the card. Nik Lentz will now face Hacran Dias at the May 18 event in a showdown between two talented grappling specialists.
updated March 20
Four more bouts for UFC on FX 8 were confirmed at a press conference today in Brazil, all of them featuring prospects from Brazil’s talent-rich lighter weight classes.
Lightweight Lucas Martins — whose only loss came in January when he stepped in on short notice to face fearsome Edson Barboza — will return to the Octagon May 18, taking on TUF Live alum Jeremy Larsen.
Veteran featherweights Manvel Gamburyan and Rio’s 21-1 Hacran Dias have both recovered from injuries sustained in their recent training camps and are now set to face one another at the Santa Catarina event.
Now settled at bantamweight, Yuri Alcantara is a legitimate threat to absolutely anyone, while TUF Brasil alum Marcos Vinicius will be looking to improve his incredible finishing rate.
Finally, Brazil’s top flyweight Jussier Formiga takes on 7th-ranked Chris Cariaso in the Octagon inside Arena Jaraguá.