Glover Teixeira (above) will take on Marcio Cruz in Brazil. | Photo: Colin Foster/Sherdog.com
A heavyweight scrap between UFC veteran Marcio “Pe De Pano” Cruz and Glover Teixeira is now official, as the fighters will collide at Clube da Luta (Fight Club) on July 20 in Rio de Janeiro.
Cruz's trainer, Roberto Correa, confirmed the news Friday. The event features the return of onetime UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante, as the 44-year-old returns to the ring for only the second time since 2007 to square off with Deep welterweight champion Yuya Shirai.
Teixeira fought just two weeks ago at Shooto Brazil 23, knocking out Simao Melo in under two minutes. The 31-year-old rides a 10-fight win streak into the contest, his last loss coming to Ed Herman at Sport Fight 9 in 2006. A two-time WEC veteran, Teixeira holds notable wins over Matt Horwich and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
Cruz made his UFC debut in 2005, finishing Keigo Kunihara and Frank Mir before suffering back-to-back losses to Jeff Monson and Andrei Arlovski. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace has not lost since his defeat at the hands of “The Pitbull,” winning five consecutive fights since 2006. The 33-year-old owns three of his seven career wins by submission and has only been finished once as a professional.
Mike Whitman contributed to this report.