Cane-Vemola Slated for UFC 128

By Gleidson Venga Dec 29, 2010
Hard-hitting Brazilian Luis Artur Cane Jr. will meet up-and-coming Czech Karlos Vemola (Pictured) in a light heavyweight tilt on March 19 at UFC 128 from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Sources close to the matchup informed Sherdog.com of the contest on Tuesday afternoon. UFC 128 will likely be headlined by a 205-pound title confrontation between champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and challenger Rashad Evans. Also scheduled for the card is a heavyweight showdown as Brendan Schaub takes on Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

Cane comes off back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. “Banha” was knocked out in the first round in both contests, as Pride Fighting Championships veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ended his night at UFC 106 and French kickboxer Cyrille Diabate did the same six months later at UFC 114. Prior to the defeats, Cane had won three-straight bouts, besting Jason Lambert, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Steve Cantwell, respectively. His TKO of Sokoudjou at UFC 89 in 2008 earned him “Knockout of the Night” honors.

Vemola recently made the cut to light heavyweight after dropping a unanimous decision to wrestler Jon Madsen at UFC 116 in July. “The Terminator” rebounded at UFC 122 in November, running through Seth Petruzelli in 3:46 seconds. The 25-year-old holds all eight of his career victories by either knockout or submission. Fighting out of the London Shootfighters camp, Vemola's defeat to Madsen was the only loss of the Czech's career.

Mike Whitman contributed to this report.
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