The roster for the UFC’s long-awaited return to jiu jitsu country is finally complete. “UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami” takes place August 27th inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and features a middleweight title scrap between champion Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami.
Former light heavyweight champs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin rematch in the night’s co-featured contest, while a heavyweight affair between Brendan Schaub and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will take third-to-last billing in the lineup.
It’s been over a decade since the Octagon last held a show on Brazilian soil. In 1998, Sao Paulo hosted “UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil.” However, UFC president Dana White considers this to be their debut because Zuffa, LLC didn’t own the company back then.
The pay-per-view broadcast airs live in North America at 9PM ET/6PM PT. Spike TV will kick off the festivities with a pair of free preliminary bouts starting at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
Although no official announcement has been made, Facebook is expected to stream the remaining prelims live.
Here is the card’s complete 12-bout roster:
Raphael Assuncao vs. Johnny Eduardo*
Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland
Antonio Carvalho vs. Yuri Alcantara
Dan Miller vs. Rousimar Palhares
Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell
(Spike TV 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Mike Swick vs. Erick Silva
Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares
(Pay-Per-View 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Stanislav Nedkov vs. Luiz Cane
Ross Pearson vs. Edson Barboza
Brendan Schaub vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Yushin Okami vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)
* – Previously announced by UFC, but not yet added to official lineup