A light-heavyweight bout between Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Corey Anderson is being negotiated for UFC 198 in Rua’s hometown of Curitiba, according to MMAFighting.com.
Rua (23-10) recently withdrew from his UFC on FOX 19 bout against Rashad Evans which was expected to take place on April 16. According to his coach, Rafael Cordeiro, ‘Shogun’ wanted to fight through his knee injury anyway but the UFC decided to pull him out of the fight. Rua is 2-2 in his past four bouts with his last fight being a unanimous decision victory over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro.
Anderson (8-1) is coming fresh off of his UFC 196 unanimous decision victory over Tom Lawlor less than two weeks ago. The 26-year old prospect has faced just one loss in professional career which came against Gian Villante in April 2015. Since that loss, Anderson has compiled a three-fight win streak including wins over Jan Blachowicz and Fabio Maldonado.
UFC 198 will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between challenger Stipe Miocic and current champion Fabricio Werdum. The event will be held at the Arena da Baixada soccer stadium in Curitiba, Brazil which has a maximum capacity of just over 42,000 seats.