UFC 134 breakdown: Cane vs. Nedkov
Luis Cane (11-3) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (11-0)
Yet another Brazilian rounds out the main card as Cane looks to put the first blemish on the record of the Bulgarian beast Nedkov.
Cane, 30, is coming off one of his best performances as he finished Eliot Marshall with strikes in the first round. Desperately needing to put back-to-back TKO losses against Cyrille Diabate and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira behind him, Cane’s offensive onslaught was simply too much for Marshall to handle. Cane’s other victims in the UFC include Steve Cantwell, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Jason Lambert.
Nedkov, 29, is perhaps best known for his run in the Japanese promotion Sengoku, where he trounced Americans Travis Wiuff and Kevin Randleman. Probably the best fighter from Bulgaria, Nedkov must prepare to take on the premier opposition on the planet as he readies for his UFC debut.
Both fighters are Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts with dangerous striking and unquestionable power, making this a compelling addition to the card.
Though very few casual fans are likely to be familiar with Nedkov, the Bulgarian will look to make the most of this opportunity with a late rally to finish Cane in his home country.
Verdict: Nedkov via TKO, Round 3