The Ultimate Fighting Championship continues to stack their return to Fort Lauderdale by adding a thrilling welterweight matchup between Alex Oliveira and Jingliang Li.
According to MMAJunkie.com on Thursday, the UFC announced that Oliveira (19-6-1, 2 NC) will meet Li (16-5) at welterweight, at UFC on ESPN 3 on April 27 at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Originally reporting this matchup in February was Combate.
Oliveira dropped his last bout to Gunnar Nelson at UFC 231 in December, tapping out in the second round to a rear-naked choke. Prior to his loss, he handed Carlo Pedersoli Jr. his first knockout loss, and submitted former World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight champ Carlos Condit last April. Oliveira has been recovering from an injury sustained by being struck by shrapnel from a grenade near his home outside of Rio de Janeiro on Christmas Eve.
Li recently knocked out David Zawada at UFC Fight Night 141 in Beijing last November, and is currently riding a two-fight win streak. Li has earned post-fight bonuses in four of his last five bouts, including "Fight of the Night" battles with Frank Camacho and Jake Matthews.
UFC on ESPN 3 will take place on April 27 at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Headlining the card will be a middleweight rematch between Yoel Romero and Ronaldo Souza. Additional bouts on the card include a light heavyweight collision between Glover Teixeira and Ion Cutelaba, a bantamweight encounter between John Lineker and Cory Sandhagen, and a heavyweight clash between Andrei Arlovski and Augusto Sakai.