Stanislav Nedkov will try for the third time to make his UFC debut. | Daniel Herbertson/Sherdog.com
Following two aborted starts, Stanislav Nedkov will once again attempt to make his Octagon debut on Aug. 27, when he meets fellow light heavyweight Luiz Cane at UFC 134 “Rio.”
The UFC announced on its official website Sunday that Nedkov and Cane have “verbally agreed” to square off at the event, which takes place at the 18,000-seat HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. While not officially announced, a middleweight title clash between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Yushin Okami is expected to topline the promotion’s first Brazilian event since 1998.
Also confirmed by the promotion was a previously reported rematch between former 205-pound titleholders Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin, as well as a lightweight tilt pitting Thiago Tavares against Spencer Fisher.
Nedkov, 29, boasts a perfect record of 11-0 and has seen the judges’ scorecards only twice in his five-year career. After racking up wins over veterans Kevin Randleman and Travis Wiuff under the Sengoku banner in 2009, the Bulgarian grappler was poised to transition to the UFC against Rodney Wallace in August 2010. However, an injury forced Nedkov to withdraw less than one month before the bout, and his debut was shifted to an October date with Steve Cantwell. This time, it was Cantwell who suffered an injury in training, leaving Nedkov without an opponent.
A seven-time Octagon veteran, Cane rebounded from the first back-to-back losses of his career with a first-round March stoppage of Eliot Marshall at UFC 128. Prior to that win, the 30-year-old Brazilian had been punched out by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Cyrille Diabate consecutively, after which he departed his longtime camp of American Top Team and moved to Jupiter, Fla., gym The Armory. Of the 11 wins on the 11-3 record of “Banha,” nine have come by way of knockout.