According to Fighters Only, Ferreira lost friends and family in the disaster, which has topped 700 deaths, that has left him in “no condition to train or fight”.
Ferreira (18-7) dropped his UFC debut to Vladimir Matyushenko in November and was to make his middleweight debut against Palhares (11-3), who was knocked out by Nate Marquardt in September after three-straight wins.
It is not yet known who Palhares could draw as a replacement or if he’ll be shifted to another upcoming event.
UFC on Versus 3 is headlined by Martin Kampmann vs. Diego Sanchez.
Pictured: Rousimar Palhares