While most MMA fans were well aware the Octagon was making its long-awaited return to Brazil on August 27th, it was announced Sunday the card would be officially dubbed “UFC 134: Rio.”
UFC president Dana White told USAToday on Wednesday middleweight champion Anderson Silva would headline the fiesta opposite Yushin Okami. However, just hours before the Los Angeles Lakers take center stage in search of their 17th NBA championship, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion added three additional bouts to the star-studded show.
As expected, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will rematch Forrest Griffin in the pay-per-view broadcast. Depending upon how the rest of the roster rounds out, the light heavyweight affair could co-headline the card.
“These two former world champions always give it their all and this could be one of the most exciting fights of the year,” White stated.
A lightweight scrap between Thiago Tavares and Spencer Fisher, as well as a light heavyweight battle between Luiz Cane and Stanislav Nedkov were also confirmed today.
Although not officially announced, UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie is expected to perform in front of his fellow Brazilians, as well.
UFC 134 takes place inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Here are the athletes expected to battle in Brazil:
Royce Gracie vs. TBD*
Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares
Stanislav Nedkov vs. Luiz Cane
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Yushin Okami vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)
* – Not announced by UFC