After injury forced Alexandre â€œCacarecoâ€ Ferreira to withdraw from his scheduled UFC Live 3 meeting with Rousimar â€œToquinhoâ€ Palhares, Palhares looked to potentially facing no one. Now, the UFC has made the announcement that promising new talent David Branch will fill the void and take on the leg-lock specialist.
David Branch is a Renzo Gracie pupil, and brings an overall record of 8-1 into the cage with him; two of those victories came under the UFC banner, while he suffered his lone defeat to Gerald Harris at UFC 116.
Rousimar Palhares (11-3) meanwhile has assembled a 4-2 record for the promotion. His only losses came at the hands of highly ranked opponents Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt. A win for Palhares will keep the Brazilian in the spotlight and the upper tier of middleweights. A win for Branch will likely catapult his stock through the roof.
You can watch these two wage war on March 3rd, when UFC Live 3 airs live on Spike.