It looks like UFC 134 will feature a second all-Brazilian affair as the result of welterweight Mike Swick’s recent removal from the card for health-related reasons. Scheduled to face Erick Silva at the event, Swick tore his ACL/MCL in training this week and apparently opened a spot for Nova Uniao product Luis Ramos in doing so. The fight also pits representatives of rival promotions, Jungle Fights and Shooto Brazil, against each other adding another layer of intrigue for fans in Brazil.
While no official word has come from the UFC in regards to Swick’s replacement, Ramos’ addition to the promotion’s August 27 stop in Rio de Janeiro was reported by Brazilian outlet Tatame. It was also stated hulking 155er Gleison Tibau volunteered to fill the vacancy but was turned down based on Ramos already being in place.
The 30-year old, like Silva, will be making his debut in the Octagon at the show after a highly successful run in a variety of area organizations. Ramos holds an overall record of 19-6 with wins in ten of his last twelve trips to the ring including his last three outings. Also notable is the fact five of his defeats were the result of decisions meaning he’s particularly tough to finish.
Silva is 12-1 with seven submission stoppages to his credit, a stat no doubt making his veteran teammate Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira proud, and is currently on an eight-fight winning streak.
The only other battle between countrymen on UFC 134 is a preliminary pairing between newcomers Yuri Alcantara and Felipe Arantes. The event is headlined by long-standing middleweight champ Anderson Silva defending his belt against Yushin Okami with other fights including Brendan Schaub vs. “Minotauro” Nogueira and Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
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