UFC 128: Shogun vs. Evans Fight Card Coming Together


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

UFC 128 Shogun vs Evans PosterThe Ultimate Fighting Championship’s return to the East Coast is coming together with the promotion already making six UFC 128 bouts official for its March 19 event in New Jersey.

UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua headlines the card, defending his belt from former champion Rashad Evans. The fight has been lined up for several months, but Evans has had to wait patiently on the sidelines while Rua recovered from knee surgery.

The co-main event features bantamweights Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland in a bout that is likely to determine the No. 1 contender to UFC 135-pound champion Dominick Cruz. Faber is the former kingpin of the WEC. Wineland was that promotion’s first bantamweight champion, quietly clawing his way back into contention with four-straight victories.

Also highlighting the main card is Jim Miller, who will be fighting on his home turf in New Jersey. He has fought his way to a 19-2 professional record; losing only to the two men currently locking horns over the UFC lightweight title, champion Frankie Edgar and No. 1 contender Gray Maynard.

Believing he should be considered in title contention, Miller wants a Top 10 type of fighter. He’ll fight WEC transfer Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128. Shalorus isn’t currently in the Top 10, but he is undefeated at 7-0-2, coming off a victory over Bart Palaszewski at WEC 53.

Other announced UFC 128 bouts include: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau, Anthony Njokuani vs. Edson Barboza Jr., and Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland.

Check out MMAWeekly.com’s Rumors section for all the latest on UFC 128 and other upcoming MMA events.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 71 views

There are far bigger, more relevant fighters to main event a mixed martial arts card than James Te Huna and Nate "The Great" Marquardt. However, when it comes to sheer desperation, Te Huna and Marquardt should have plenty. Both men are on a losing streak and can ill-afford another loss. That dynamic could make the feature bout of UFC Fight Night 43 in New Zealand a smashing affair. This card will be exclusively broadcast Saturday, June 28, on UFC Fight Pass. Click here for details. UFC Fight Nig more

  • 28 days ago
  • 32 views

Whenever Cub Swanson fights, there's a chance for an explosive finish. He won't have to hunt down his opponent on Saturday night, as Jeremy "Lil Heathen" Stephens is never one to back down from a brawl. Swanson has made it clear: He believes he deserves a shot at the title. He has already faced and been knocked out by current champion Jose Aldo, but that was in 2009 when both were in WEC. He wants his crack at the title soon, but Stephens stands in his way. 'Lil Heathen has been up and down over more

  • 28 days ago
  • 21 views

The UFC, in its ever-increasing attempts at expanding its brand around the globe, is running a lot of shows. This is an unarguable point. Whether or not you believe it is running too many events comes down to your own personal preference. Some of you can't get enough mixed martial arts, and you'll gladly watch two events in one day (like the UFC has planned for this Saturday). For some of you, two events in a single day—and four events in the span of eight days—is simply too much of a good thing more

  • 28 days ago
  • 22 views

UFC Fight Night 43 Te Huna vs. Marquardt Date: June 28, 2014 Venue: Vector Arena Location: Auckland, New Zealand Articles Videos Main Card (on UFC Fight Pass) James Te Huna (16-7) vs. Nate Marquardt (32-13-2) Soa Palelei (21-3) vs. Jared Rosholt (10-1) Hatsu Hioki (27-7-2) vs. Charles Oliveira (17-4, 1 NC) Robert Whittaker (11-4) vs. Mike Rhodes (6-2) [...] more

  • 28 days ago
  • 33 views

UFC Fight Night 44 Swanson vs. Stephens Date: June 28, 2014 Venue: AT&T Center Location: San Antonio, Texas Articles Videos Main Card (on Fox Sports 1) Cub Swanson (20-5) vs. Jeremy Stephens (23-9) Kelvin Gastelum (8-0) vs. Nicholas Musoke (12-2, 1 NC) Cezar Ferreira (7-3) vs. Andrew Craig (9-2) Ricardo Lamas (13-3) vs. Hacran [...] more

  • 25 days ago
  • 60 views

A look at the UFC's big 4th of July weekend PPV, as Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey defend their respective titles in Las Vegas. Next week is DOUBLE FIGHT WEEK another multi-event weekend for the UFC, albeit on separate days. Before the TUF 19 Finale on Sunday, UFC 175 takes place and features two titles on the line. Chris Weidman defends his middleweight crown against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, while Ronda Rousey looks to make it 4-for-4 in UFC women's bantamweight title de more

  • 25 days ago
  • 259 views

The UFC always ups its game for Independence Day weekend. This year is no exception. Despite what seems these days to be the inevitable angel's share—injuries, drug test failures and the dilution of talent because of a new abundance of events—exacting its cut off the top, UFC 175 still looks and feels like a glamorous card. The whole thing goes down Saturday from that little MMA oasis in the desert, Las Vegas. Anchoring the event are two title fights: Chris Weidman defends his middleweight strap more

  • 24 days ago
  • 32 views

After losing his sixth straight title bid at UFC 169, Urijah Faber will look to start a new win streak against Alex Caceres at this Saturday night's (July 5, 2014) UFC 175 from Las Vegas. Does "Bruce Leeroy" have any chance of knocking off "The California Kid?" Read our fight preview to find out! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweights Urijah Faber and Alex Caceres will square off in the headlining preliminary card bout of UFC 175 this Saturday night (July 5, 2014), airing live on FOX more

  • 23 days ago
  • 59 views

After bursting onto the scene with a series of jaw-dropping knockouts on TUF 17, Uriah Hall has since failed to live up to his massive potential in the Octagon. He'll return to action against Thiago Santos at this Saturday night's (July 5, 2014) UFC 175 from Las Vegas. Is it finally Hall's time to shine, or will he be just another casualty of what could have been? Read our fight preview to find out! This Saturday night (July 5, 2014), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweights Uriah Hall more