Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic to Headline UFC 198 in Brazil

By Marcelo Alonso Feb 22, 2016

UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will defend his belt on Brazilian soil against top contender Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 198.

Sources close to the bout on Monday confirmed the matchup to Sherdog.com following a report from Brazilian outlet Combate.

Werdum and Miocic were briefly scheduled to square off in January after Miocic stepped in to replace injured former champion Cain Velasquez. However, Werdum also came up injured and withdrew from the bout soon after, and the event formerly known as UFC 196 became a UFC Fight Night.

UFC 198 will take place May 14 at Arena da Baixada football stadium in Curitiba, Parana. The event was previously announced as a UFC Fight Night card with a middleweight main event between Ronaldo Souza and Vitor Belfort; that bout will instead serve as the pay-per-view co-headliner.

The show will mark UFC’s first visit to Curitiba, home of the famed Chute Boxe academy and such MMA legends as Anderson Silva, Mauricio Rua, Jose Landi-Jons and Wanderlei Silva.

Other bouts confirmed for the event include a welterweight contest between Demian Maia and Matt Brown, a ligh heavyweight tilt featuring Antonio Rogerio Nogueira against Patrick Cummins, and a middleweight fight pitting Nate Marquardt against Thiago “Marreta” Santos.

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