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Volkan Oezdemir vs. Shogun Rua added to UFC Chile

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

An important light heavyweight matchup has been added to the UFC’s first trip to Chile.

Ranked contenders Volkan Oezdemir and Mauricio Rua have been booked to fight at UFC Chile (UFC Fight Night 129), which is set to go down on May 19 at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile.

The promotion announced the news on Wednesday, and didn’t specify whether Oezdemir vs. Shogun will serve as the main event of the card.

Oezdemir is coming off his first UFC defeat, where he was stopped by light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a title fight that took place in January. Oezdemir is currently ranked second in the division and sports a professional MMA record of 15-2.

Meanwhile, Shogun, 36, hasn’t stepped in the Octagon since March of last year. The former UFC champion is ridding a three-fight win streak, which includes victories over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Corey Anderson and most recently Gian Villante. Shogun is 25-10 as a pro fighter. His last loss came to Ovince Saint Preux back on November 2014.

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