Alexandre Ferreira. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Rising IFL light heavyweight Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Alavutdin Gadzhiyev at DREAM’s upcoming fourth event this weekend in Japan due to visa issues.
Ferreira’s manager, longtime veteran Mario Sperry, confirmed Ferreira’s troubles to Sherdog.com.
Ferreira was set to enter the match riding a five-fight winning streak. He was victorious in his IFL debut back in February, submitting American Top Team product Lew Polley with a guillotine choke just twenty seconds into their fight.
Sporting a current record of 7-1, Gadzhiyev hasn’t lost a fight since dropping a decision to Sergey Burdalenko in his first career bout. Gadzhiyev has spent the last year or so under the Pancrase banner, most recently knocking out colorful veteran Hikaru Sato in March.
DREAM officials have yet to formally announce the cancellation of the bout and it’s still unknown at this time whether or not a replacement opponent for Gadzhiyev will be able to be found in time.
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