UFC’s return to the Saitama Super Arena on 23 September will see former PRIDE Grand Prix winner and UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua face the No. 7-ranked knockout ace Ovince Saint Preux.
Shogun (24-10) is no stranger to fighting in Japan where he will have support from Japanese fans and the local Brazilian community as he looks to continue his winning streak.
With notable wins against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell and Alistair Overeem, Shogun will bring a wealth of experience in to the Octagon as he collides with the American striker Saint Preux (20-10).
With a previous win over Shogun in 2014, Saint Preux will look to duplicate his success at the same spot where Shogun became a MMA icon. A victory here will represent the most significant of Saint Preux’s career and will put his title aspirations back on track.
“Japan is a very special place for fighters and fans alike – it is a nation steeped in the traditional martial arts culture and has been a key component of MMA’s global growth over the years,” said UFC senior vice president of International, Joe Carr.
“We are thrilled to be back at the Saitama Super Arena this September and look forward to giving our fans a fight night to remember starring two of MMA’s finest light heavyweight athletes.”