Rousimar Palhares Replaces Injured Luiz Cane, Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway Added to UFC 150

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former light heavyweight Luiz Cane has been removed from his UFC 150 bout opposite Yushin Okami due to injury, UFC officials announced on Monday.

His countryman, decorated Brazilian grappler Rousimar Palhares, has been tapped as a replacement for the middleweight clash.

Palhares (14-4), widely recognized at one of MMA's foremost leglock specialists, hopes to rebound from an electrifying first-round TKO loss to Alan Belcher at UFC on FOX 3. Prior to the setback, "Toquinho" rolled to wins in six of his last seven UFC contests, snatching four victories via his trademark submissions.

Okami (26-7), meanwhile, looks to right his ship after having a three-fight win streak snapped by two straight TKO losses to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and rising contender Tim Boetsch, the latter of which was one of the more stunning comebacks in recent UFC history.

Additionally, UFC officials announced the next move of recent TUF standout Justin Lawrence (4-0). The undefeated 22-year-old has agreed to drop to featherweight and fight fellow up-and-comer Max Holloway (5-1) at UFC 150.

Lawrence impressively knocked out John Cofer earlier this month in his UFC debut, while Holloway handedly defeated Pat Schilling on the very same card.

UFC 150 is slated for August 11, 2012, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO, and headlined by a lightweight championship rematch pitting Ben Henderson against Frankie Edgar.

More from MMA Fighting

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker