UFC and World Series of Fighting veteran Rousimar Palhares has a new opponent for his next fight, Taura MMA officials told MMA Fighting.
With Sean Loeffler being forced to withdraw from their originally scheduled bout for ae reasons, Palhares (19-10-1) now fights Antonio Gordillo (13-3) at Taura MMA 10 in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 23.
Also stepping in as short-notice replacement is Johnny Campbell (20-12, 1 NC). He fights Ary Farias (9-2) in a bantamweight bout after Farias’ opponent Douglas Felipe withdrew for undisclosed reasons. Felipe is the reigning Taura MMA 135-pound champion, and the new matchup will be for an interim belt.
Palhares, a former WSOF welterweight champion, has just one win in his previous six fights and hasn’t earned a victory since July 2017. He is coming off of back-to-back first-round knockout losses to Georgy Kichigin and Aliaskhab Khizriev. The 40-year-old Brazilian owns 16 wins by submission.
Taura MMA 10 will also see the promotion’s featherweight and flyweight titles contested as well as the debut of UFC vet Sergio Moraes.