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Only hours after making the event official and announcing the two marquee matchups for UFC Live 3 “Sanchez vs. Kampmann”, the promotion added four new fights to the event Thursday afternoon.
The event is scheduled to go down on March 3 from the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky. Among the bouts added to the official fight card are a bantamweight rematch between Brian Bowles and Damacio Page, as well as a middleweight clash pitting Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves against Alessio Sakara. Also at bantamweight, Takeya Mizugaki will meet Francisco Rivera while Thiago Tavares faces Shane Roller in a lightweight duel.
A former WEC bantamweight champion, Bowles defeated Page at WEC 35 in 2008, submitting the Greg Jackson-trained fighter with a guillotine choke. Bowles truly hit the big time at WEC 42, however, when he dominated longtime champion Miguel Torres en route to a first-round knockout victory. The celebration did not last long, however, as Bowles suffered the first loss of his career in his next fight, handing the title to the agile Dominick Cruz at WEC 47 in March.
Page was last seen at WEC 52, where he was submitted by underdog Demetrious Johnson in the third round. Prior to that bout “The Angel of Death” won back-to-back contests, finishing Will Campuzano and Marcus Galvao at WEC 43 and 39, respectively.
A product of the revered Chute Boxe Academy, Falcao defeated Gerald Harris in his promotional debut at UFC 123. The Brazilian rides an eight-fight winning streak heading into his bout with Sakara.
“Legionarious” has been bitten by the injury bug as of late, though he's won his last three contests inside the Octagon. Sakara was supposed to compete at UFC 122 in November, but the Italian was forced to withdraw from the bout at the last second due to illness.
Mizugaki is most famous for his gutsy, but futile five-round performance against then-champion Miguel Torres at WEC 40. Since that bout, the Japanese striker has gone 2-2 and was most recently choked unconscious by onetime featherweight king Urijah Faber in Faber's 135-pound debut.
Rivera recently suffered the first loss of his career when he was knocked out by Erik Koch only 96 seconds into their WEC 52 bout. Before falling to “New Breed,” Rivera had compiled a 5-0 record fighting for local promotions in California.
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Tavares has won two of his last three bouts, most recently submitting Pat Audinwood with a guillotine at UFC 119 in September. The submission ace has fought nine times in the UFC.
Roller has won four his his last five contests, including a dominant submission victory over former WEC champion Jamie Varner in December. The Oklahoman's rear-naked choke at WEC 53 earned him “Submission of the Night” honors.