It appears as though Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is going home again.
A light-heavyweight bout between Rua and Corey Anderson is being targeted for UFC 198 on May 14, MMAFighting.com has learned. The event, scheduled to take place in Rua's hometown of Curitiba, Brazil, will be held at 40,000-seat soccer stadium Arena da Baixada.
The 34-year-old Rua (23-10) pulled out of his UFC on FOX 19 fight against Rashad Evans last week due to a knee injury. He hasn't fought since his August win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 190. This would mark the third time in Rua's illustrious career that he fights in his hometown, however, he hasn't done so since his second pro fight in May 2003.
"Shogun had a knee injury for a while, and felt it again training jiu-jitsu," Rua's coach Rafael Cordeiro told MMAFighting.com last week. "He went to the UFC doctor to check and continued training, but the UFC contacted him and cancelled the fight. Shogun said he would still fight despite the injury, but the UFC called and decided to cancel. That came directly from Lorenzo [Fertitta]. Lorenzo saw the exams, saw it was an old injury, and the UFC decided to remove him from the fight. He’s out of this one."
Anderson (8-1) won his third fight in a row earlier this month when he defeated Tom Lawlor via unanimous decision. The 26-year-old "Beastin 25/8" made his MMA debut less than three years ago.
UFC 198 will be headlined by Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title