UFC adds Fukuda and '205-pound Palhares' to the roster

Joe Silva's also always on the lookout to add new prospects to the UFC roster. But that doesn't mean the UFC's matchmaker is limited to adding young fighters with unbeaten records. This week he added two veterans who've been on fire recently.

Bloody Elbow reports that Riki Fukuda (17-4) is part of the UFC middleweight ranks. The 29-year-old 185-pound champ from DEEP in Japan is on a seven-fight win streak. He was last seen in the U.S. back in 2007 where he lost a close decision to Joey Villasenor on an EliteXC card in Hawaii. He's well-rounded, something the UFC middleweight division needs, and by the looks of this early fight against Oleg Bazayev, he's got knockout power. The video is hilarious as Bazayev yells with each punch he lands and then learns that he needs to protect his chin when throwing a bodyshot (0:50 mark).

Silva also hit Brazil for another squatty submission artist. Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira strongly resembles middleweight Rousimar Palhares except that he fights at 205 pounds. The 5-foot-7 fire hydrant has the same ridiculous track record when it comes to submissions as well. Cacareco (18-6) has finished seven straight opponents via submission. He'll debut at UFC 122 against Vladimir Matyushenko. What should Matyushenko guard against? Everything. Cacareco's recent wins have come by kimura, achilles lock, guillotine choke, knee bar and rear-naked choke. One problem for Cacareco, Matyushenko has never been submitted in 29 fights.

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