The UFC has announced through its official website that Rashad Evans (15-0-1) will be fighting Michael Bisping (15-0) at UFC 78 on Nov. 17 in Newark, NJ.
It had been anticipated that Bisping’s and Evans’ next fights would both be rematches. UFC president Dana White indicated after Bisping’s controversial decision victory over Matt Hamill at UFC 75 in early September that he was working on a rematch. White also said that Evans would rematch Tito Ortiz soon after their draw at UFC 73 in July.
The website has indicated that eight other matches will be announced but made no mention as to whether Bisping vs. Evans will be signed as the card’s main event.
Matches between Karo Parisyan vs. George Lombard, Frankie Edgar vs. Spencer Fisher, Ryo Chonan vs. Thiago Alves, David Terrell vs. Ed Herman, Akihiro Gono vs. Tamdan McCrory, and Joe Lauzon vs. Jason Reinhardt are expected to be officially announced for UFC 78.