Rua was booked to meet Sam Alvey in a Fight Night event scheduled for Nov. 16 at the Ibirapuera gymnasium in Sao Paulo. A month later, though, the Brazilian was informed that Alvey will no longer face him due to undisclosed reasons.
“Shogun” is still hoping to get a new opponent to compete next month, sources said.
A former UFC and PRIDE champion, Rua (26-11) is coming off a third-round knockout victory over Tyson Pedro. The Brazilian is 4-1 in his last five bouts with his other wins coming against Gian Villante, Corey Anderson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Alvey (33-13, 1 no-contest) dropped three in a row, losing a decision to Klidson Abreu after stoppage defeats to “Minotouro” Nogueira and Jimmy Crute.
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