Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (pictured) will make his long awaited return against Glover Teixeira on February 22.
UFC officials announced the scrap Thursday via Twitter. The 205-pound affair will headline the show.
The event will go down at a yet-to-be announced venue in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil.
Evans was slated to fight Daniel Cormier in February at UFC 170, but was forced to pull out to undergo knee surgery. He was expected to only be out six months. Evans was tentatively scheduled to return against Alexander Gustafsson earlier this year, but “Suga” experienced complications with his knee and had to postpone his comeback.
Evans hasn’t been seen since posting a TKO victory over Chael Sonnen in November 2013. He beat Dan Henderson before that.
Teixeira, on the other hand, has dropped two straight decisions. The Brazilian lost to reigning champion Jon Jones in April, then was beaten by Phil Davis in October.
The card will not be a pay-per-view broadcast, but no word on whether Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, UFC Fight Pass or some combination of the three will air the event live in America.