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Luiz Cane hopes for UFC return after third straight win in Brazil

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Luiz Cane moved back up to the light heavyweight after leaving the UFC in 2012, and he’s hoping to return to the Octagon next year.

The Brazilian veteran, who has been dealing with a few injuries recently, is scheduled to take on Alexandre Zaneti at Saturday night’s Brazilian Fighting Championship 4 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

"I can’t wait to get back in action, feel that adrenaline again," Cane told "It has been 11 months since my last fight, and I’m looking forward to be able to do what I love. I will do my best in there, and I’m 100 percent confident that I will have one more win in my record on Oct. 4."

Cane entered the UFC in 2007 after going undefeated in his previous nine bouts. He got disqualified for an illegal knee to James Irvin in his UFC debut, but later scored consecutive wins over Jason Lambert, Remeau Thierry Sokoudjou and Steve Cantwell.

A loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira started the worst streak of his MMA career. A quick TKO over Eliot Marshall was his only win in his next five UFC bouts, and he ended up being released from the promotion after his first cut to 185 pounds.

With recent wins over former UFC light heavyweight Rodney Wallace and Sengoku veteran Fabio Silva, "Banha" expects to return to the Octagon next year, but doesn’t looks past Zaneti, who is 9-2 in MMA with nine stoppage victories.

"I believe that I can get back in the UFC after one more time, that’s the plan I set with my manager Eduardo Alonso,. Since day one, my goal was to get back in the UFC. I declined a few good offers from international promotions in order to get back to the UFC," he said.

"However, my focus now is on my next fight. I’m not thinking about what could come next after this. I have a tough opponent ahead of me and I have to beat him before thinking about returning to the UFC."

Planning to be a UFC contender again in the future, Cane doesn’t rule out fighting for Bellator.

"Bellator is a great promotion, no doubt about it, and Scott Coker can do a great job there. I leave that to my manager Eduardo Alonso. We don’t know what the future may hold for us," he said. "I have fought in the UFC for years and that’s why I feel at home fighting there, and that’s why I want to fight there. The UFC is the biggest promotion in the world and every fighter would love to fight there, but Bellator is also a great promotion. The future is still open."

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