Lucio Linhares. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.
It appears that M-1 veteran Lucio Linhares will be headed to the UFC. The Brazilian middleweight has reportedly been selected to replace an injured Alessio Sakara against Rousimar Palhares at “The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale” on December 5 in Las Vegas.
Multiple outlets are reporting the news, including MMA Junkie, which cites sources close to Linhares. Nor M-1 Global or the UFC have yet to officially comment on the potential signing.
Linhares, an Alliance Jiu-Jitsu product, has won his last five fights, all by first-round stoppage. He was last in action at M-1’s “Breakthrough” event in August, where he submitted Mikhail Zayats with a rear-naked choke exactly one minute into their bout.
Palhares will be fighting for the first time since winning a unanimous decision over longtime veteran Jeremy Horn at UFC 93 back in January. Prior to the Horn fight, Palhares dropped a decision to Dan Henderson while submitting Ivan Salaverry in his other two UFC bouts.
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