It was considered one of the biggest upsets in the sport when they fought the first time.

Now Forrest Griffin will try to make it two for two when he faces fellow former light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Rio in Brazil on Aug. 27

The bout has been confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by several sources after first being reported by GracieMag.com.

After blasting through the competition in Pride, Shogun (19-5) was one of the first high profile fighters to move to the UFC after Zuffa purchased the former Japanese powerhouse promotion a few years back.

Just about everyone assumed Rua would continue his reign of destruction in the UFC, but former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Forrest Griffin had other ideas.

Griffin (18-6) stepped up to the challenge to welcome Rua to the Octagon, and a back-and -forth war ensued during their fight at UFC 76 in 2007. Sticking around paid off for Griffin as he wore down Shogun, and with seconds ticking away in the final round, he sunk in a rear naked choke forcing Rua to tap.

It was a shocker at the time, but Griffin went on to win the UFC light heavyweight title in his next fight, and has become one of the toughest fighters in the sport.

Now the pair will square off again, but this time it will be in Rua’s home country of Brazil.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Nick Burgos Puts His Six-Fight Streak on the Line at RFA 27

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

Hoping to make a quick jump to the UFC, Nick Burgos puts his six-fight winning streak on the line at RFA 27 on Friday night. read news >>

Uriah Hall vs. Joe Riggs, Nikita Krylov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima booked for UFC Fight Night cards in August

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

The UFC has announced a pair of bouts to different Fight Night cards in August. Coming off a close split decision loss to Rafael Natal in May, TUF 17 runner-up Uriah Hall will return to the cage agai read news >>

Uriah Hall booked for fight with Joe Riggs at UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

The UFC’s return to “Music City” next month has a new fight added to the setlist with a middleweight bout between Uriah Hall and Joe Riggs. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 73: Uriah Hall vs. Joe Riggs booked for Aug. 8 in Nashville

  • 25 days ago
  • 9 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has booked an interesting middleweight showdown for its upcoming UFC Fight Night 73 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, recently announced for Aug. 8, read news >>

Nikita Krylov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima re-booked for UFC Fight Night 74

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

A light heavyweight bout originally set for this past weekend in Florida has been re-booked for the UFC’s return to Canada next month. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Rashad Evans vs. Ryan Bader at UFC 192? Both fighters want it

  • 27 days ago
  • 13 views

Rashad Evans has long said that a bout with Ryan Bader would make sense for his return after a long injury layoff. It appears Bader sees the sense in this fight, too. And it seems both can agree on a read news >>

Hindsight - UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero in retrospect

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Your knockout will be a tale to frighten children, to make lovers cling closer in their rapture. Come with me, and be immortal. Yoel Romero is crafting himself quite the storybook of violence, his la read news >>

WSOF 22: Jimmy Spicuzza vs. Islam Mamedov booked for 'Palhares vs. Shields' on Aug. 1

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

The August 1st show at the Planet Hollywood Casino, headlined by Rousimar Palhares vs. Jake Shields, gains a brand new match. As anticipation grows for the sequel to WSOF 21 in Edmonton, which featur read news >>

The MMA Hour - 288 - Chad Mendes

  • 28 days ago
  • 20 views

Chad Mendes talks about preparing to fight Conor McGregor next month, if Aldo can't make it. read news >>

Jose Aldo Expected to Train Tuesday, Make a Decision on Conor McGregor Fight

  • 29 days ago
  • 9 views

Judgment day could come on Tuesday for Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor. Aldo is expected to train and make a final decision on whether he’ll defend his UFC featherweight title against McGregor over a we read news >>