A broken tibia suffered during a recent wrestling session has forced Rousimar Palhares (9-2) out of his scheduled matchup with Alessio Sakara (17-7), which was to take place on August 29th at UFC 101 in Philadelphia.
According to InTheGuard.tv, who first reported the injury citing the Portugese ITGFightTalk radio show, Palhares will be out for at least 60 days.
Palhares joined the UFC in 2008 following a 7-1 start to his career and has gone 2-1 inside the octagon, defeating Ivan Salaverry in his May debut and most recently scored a victory over Jeremy Horn in January, while his only loss came to Dan Henderson last September.
Sakara is 4-4 with one no contest in nine bouts inside the octagon. Sakara dropped down to middleweight from light heavyweight following a 3-3 start to his UFC career, but suffered a first-round TKO to Chris Leben last March at UFC 82 in his debut at the new weight class. In his most recent bout, “Legionarius” earned his first win at 185-pounds with a first-round knockout of Joe Vedepo at UFC Fight Night 15 last July.
The UFC is currently seeking a replacement to meet Sakara on the UFC 101 card.