The UFC announced the fight through the its social media channels on Monday morning, following yesterday’s news that the Swiss light heavyweight would not be able to compete in Chile due to his ongoing legal situation, stemming from a third-degree felony battery charge back in August.
Oezdemir (15-2) had a five-fight win streak snapped when Daniel Cormier handed him a second-round TKO defeat in a championship bout at UFC 220. He had been granted a title shot on the back of first-round knockouts over Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa. “No Time” announced himself in the division with a split decision win in his debut over Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston, Texas.
Former light heavyweight champion Rua (25-10) has not competed since his third-round TKO win over Gian Villante back at UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza, Brazil last March. The win over Villante made it three victories in a row for “Shogun”, adding to back-to-back decision wins over Corey Anderson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Despite holding the UFC title at one stage, “Shogun” is currently on the longest winning streak of his promotional tenure, which began back at UFC 76 in September 2007.