It appears the UFC may be heading back to the Abu Dhabi a little less than a year after first venturing into the Middle Eastern hub this past April for UFC 112. The event, though just rumor at this point, is expected to be headlined by a 205-pound title-fight between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans.
News of potential event was confirmed by multiple sources and first reported by MMAWeekly.
The UFC’s previous venture into Abu Dhabi was memorable on a number of levels, as it provided the backdrop for both Frank Edgar’s shocking championship win over BJ Penn, as well as Anderson Silva’s baffling, albeit dominating, performance against submission-specialist Demian Maia.
Rua has been out of action since winning the light heavyweight belt against Lyoto Machida in the first round of their headlining bout at UFC 113 due to knee surgery, but has expressed his intent to return to the Octagon in Spring of next year. Evans earned his shot at the title after winning back-to-back fights against Thiago Silva and former title-holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.