Eliot Marshall is headed back to the UFC. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Grudge Training Center product Eliot Marshall will likely return to the Octagon against Luis “Banha” Cane at UFC 128. Cane was left without an opponent for the event when Karlos Vemola withdrew from their bout with a mouth infection earlier this week.
Sherdog.com has confirmed the 205-pound matchup with a source close to the bout; Tatame.com originally reported the news on Wednesday morning. Bout agreements have reportedly been distributed, though the fight has not yet been finalized.
UFC 128, which will be headlined by a light heavyweight title clash between champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and challenger Jon Jones, will go down March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
A cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 8,” Marshall was eliminated from the show by powerful wrestler and eventual season winner Ryan Bader. Following his stint on “TUF,” Marshall earned three consecutive wins inside the Octagon, besting Jules Bruchez, Vinny Magalhaes and Jason Brilz before dropping a split nod to former International Fight League 205-pound champ Vladimir Matyushenko. Following the defeat, Marshall was cut from the promotion’s highly-competitive light heavyweight ranks. Since losing his spot in the UFC, “The Fire” has earned three straight wins, most recently submitting Chris McNally in December.
Cane looks to rebound from consecutive losses for the first time in his five-year pro career. After being disqualified in his 2007 UFC debut against James Irvin, the Brazilian rattled off three straight wins, knocking off Jason Lambert, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and former WEC light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell. Recently, however, Cane has found himself on the wrong end of two knockouts, as he fell to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Cyrille Diabate at UFC 106 and UFC 114, respectively.