Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is headed home for his next bout.
UFC officials Tuesday announced that Rua will square off against once-beaten prospect Corey Anderson at UFC 198, which takes place May 14 in Rua’s hometown of Curitiba, Brazil. The pay-per-view event will be topped by a heavyweight title bout between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
Just last week, Rua was removed from his scheduled April 16 meeting with Rashad Evans due to an undisclosed injury. The 34-year-old will fight for the first time since August 2015, when he earned a unanimous decision in a rematch with countryman and old rival Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Rua has struggled inside the Octagon in recent years and has not won back-to-back bouts since 2009.
Anderson, 26, is fresh off a one-sided March 5 triumph over Tom Lawlor at UFC 196. The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 19, Anderson has gone 5-1 inside the Octagon in less than two years, earning wins against the likes of Fabio Maldonado and Jan Blachowicz.