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Yves Jabouin Drops to Bantamweight, Meets Ian Loveland at UFC 134

The UFC's dance card for its return to Brazil is nearly filled. The promotion on Saturday announced another bout for UFC 134 – a bantamweight contest between Ian Loveland and Yves Jabouin.

That fight is currently the only one on the card that does not involve a Brazilian. The eight fights previously announced by the UFC for the show all feature Brazilian fighters. Loveland is American; Jabouin was born in Haiti and lives in Canada.

Jabouin will make his bantamweight debut against Loveland. Loveland will fight at 135 pounds for the second time. He debuted at the weight class in March.



Jabouin (15-7, 0-1 UFC), a student of Georges St-Pierre trainer Firas Zahabi at the Tristar Gym in Montreal, was highly touted when he signed with the WEC in 2009. But he went just 1-2 in the promotion before it merged with the UFC. At UFC 129 in April, he suffered a first-round submission loss to Pablo Garza and his flying triangle to open the biggest event in North American MMA history. With three losses in his last four featherweight fights, he'll try 135 pounds on for size in Brazil.

Loveland (14-8, 1-1 UFC), won his UFC debut in December against Tyler Toner in a short-notice fight at the TUF 12 Finale. But after dropping to bantamweight, he lost a unanimous decision to former title challenger Joseph Benavidez at UFC 128 in March. That loss snapped a seven-fight winning streak.

UFC 134 is the promotion's first trip to Brazil since October 1998. That event, UFC Ultimate Brazil, was in the pre-Zuffa era and took place in Sao Paulo, about 300 miles from Rio de Janeiro, home of UFC 134 on Aug. 27.

The event will take place at the HSBC Arena, finished in 2007, which has hosted the likes of Queen, Miley Cyrus and Iron Maiden, and will be a basketball and gymnastics venue at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

UFC 134 features a main event middleweight title bout between Brazilian champion Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami. Okami was the last man to beat Silva – albeit with an asterisk. Silva's illegal upkick in a Rumble on the Rock tournament in January 2006 resulted in a disqualification. One fight later, Silva was in the UFC. Two fights later, he was the 185-pound champion. And in his home country of Brazil, he'll bring a 14-fight winning streak into the cage.

Also on the card, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua fights for the first time since losing his light heavyweight title to Jon Jones in March when he meets former champion Forrest Griffin. And Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira faces Brendan Schaub in a heavyweight battle.