As expected, “UFC 128: Shogun vs. Evans” will be jumping off inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on March 19th. A light heavyweight title scrap between champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans will headline the pay-per-view broadcast.
“This is the light heavyweight title fight that everyone has been waiting to see,” UFC president Dana White stated. “Shogun has been on an absolute tear and proved that by knocking out Lyoto Machida to take the belt. Now he faces Rashad Evans, who is coming off back-to-back wins over Thiago Silva and Rampage Jackson and has never been hungrier to reclaim the title.
“With the main event and the other fights we’re putting together, we’re bringing another awesome card to New Jersey and I’m excited to get back to the East Coast.”
Shogun captured the crown in his last Octagon outing at UFC 113. He’s been firing blanks since putting Lyoto Machida to sleep in May courtesy of a third knee surgery.
After handing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson an uneventful unanimous decision loss at UFC 114, Evans earned himself first crack at Rua’s freshly minted crown.
A bantamweight clash between former WEC champs Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland was also confirmed for the Octagon’s return to Frankie Edgar’s hometown.
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase seats for the show on January 11th at 10AM ET/7AM PT via UFCFightClub.com.
A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC Newsletter subscribers on January 12th at 10AM ET/7AM PT
The general public will have access to the remains on January 13th at 10AM ET/7AM PT.
Here are the fighters expected/rumored to participate in the star-studded card:
Dan Miller vs. David Branch
Kamal Shalorus vs. Jim Miller
Luiz Cane vs. Karlos Vemola
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau
Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
Bredan Schaub vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Chael Sonnen vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
Rashad Evans vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)