”Minotoro” will return to action at UFC 190. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood
A light heavyweight rematch pitting Mauricio Rua against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will go down at UFC 190.
The UFC announced the pairing during a press conference on Friday. In addition, a previously reported women’s bantamweight title clash between Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia was made official. UFC 190 takes place at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1 and airs via pay-per-view.
Rua and Nogueira first fought as part of Pride Fighting Championship’s middleweight grand prix in June 2005, a bout which “Shogun” won via unanimous decision.
Rua has fallen on hard times of late, losing four of his last five fights inside the Octagon. The Brazilian veteran last appeared at UFC Fight Night on Nov. 8, when he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Ovince St. Preux.
Hampered by injuries, Nogueira has only competed twice since 2011. After upsetting Rashad Evans via unanimous decision at UFC 156, “Minotoro” suffered a brutal knockout loss to Anthony Johnson in his most recent outing at UFC on Fox 12.