After almost signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier this year, it now appears capoeira and jiu-jitsu expert Andre Gusmao will finally make his debut for the promotion in August at UFC 87, as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources inside Gusmao's camp.
Currently undefeated in his professional career, Gusmao was prematurely speculated to face David Heath at UFC 81 in February, but it was then discovered that he was still under obligation to the International Fight League.
During his time with the IFL, Gusmao served as an alternate for Renzo Gracie's Pitbulls, racking up four wins in the promotion.
Gusmao was supposedly signed and ready to fight Heath when his previous contractual obligations were revealed, but now it appears he has fulfilled his time with the IFL and now moves on to the UFC.
At this time no opponent has been named for Gusmao in his debut, but more fights for the Minnesota card are expected soon.
UFC 87 Bouts (officially announced):Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring
UFC 87 Bouts (unannounced):Frankie Edgar vs. Hermes Franca Cheick Kongo vs. Dan Evensen Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida Steve Bruno vs. Chris Wilson Karo Parisyan vs. TBA Andre Gusmao vs. TBA