UFC officially announced nine bouts for the Fight Night card in Brazil in March, and there’s a new bout set for the card.
Brazilian featherweight Diego Brandao returns to the Octagon to face off against Will Chopeon March 23 in Natal, Brazil. Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up to MMAFighting.com, following a report from MMA Junkie.
"The Ultimate Fighter" winner Brandao (18-9) fights in Brazilian soil for the first time since a decision win over Joey Gambino in 2012. Prior to a first-round TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 168, Brandao scored victories over Gambino, Pablo Garza and Daniel Pineda.
Chope (19-6) looks to win his first fight inside the Octagon after coming up short in a second-round TKO loss to Matt Holloway at UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore, last January. The loss stopped "The Kill's" 14-fight win streak, nine of which via first-round rear-naked choke.
A rematch between Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua headlines the UFC Fight Night 38. The fights announced are the following:
Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson
Cezar Ferreira vs. CB Dollaway
Leonardo Santos vs. Norman Parke
Fabio Maldonado vs. Gian Villante
Rony Jason vs. Steven Siller
Diego Brandao vs. Will Chope
Gleison Tibau vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Ronny Markes vs. Thiago Marreta
Jussier Formiga vs. Scott Jorgensen
Thiago Perpetuo vs. Kenny Robertson