The Ultimate Fighting Championship will visit the Canadian province
of Manitoba for the first time when the organization holds UFC 161 at
the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on June 15.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the news to USA Today on Monday.
White also announced that Antonio
Rogerio Nogueira and Mauricio
“Shogun” Rua will collide at the event in a rematch nearly
eight years in the making. That contest is expected to be featured
during the evening’s main card, which airs live on
The pay-per-view card could also see former Strikeforce champion
Henderson square off with onetime UFC titlist Rashad
Evans, but “Hendo” would first need to receive medical
clearance, White said.
Rua and Nogueira first met in Sherdog.com’s 2005 “Fight of the
Year,” squaring off in the quarterfinals of Pride’s second
205-pound tournament. Rua emerged victorious in that back-and-forth
affair, earning a hard-fought unanimous decision en route to
capturing the tournament crown two months later.
Shogun joined the UFC in 2007 and captured the light heavyweight
championship in 2010 with a first-round knockout of Lyoto
Machida. After undergoing knee surgery, Rua relinquished his
belt to current champ Jon Jones the
following year and has since gone 2-2, most recently suffering a
unanimous decision defeat to Swedish prospect Alexander
Gustafsson on Dec. 8 at UFC on Fox 5.
Five years older than his foe, Nogueira, 36, has won nine of his
last 11. “Minotoro” made his Octagon foray in 2009, knocking out
countryman Luiz Cane
before taking a controversial split decision from Jason Brilz
the following year. Though back-to-back defeats to Ryan Bader
Davis would follow, Nogueira responded with a one-sided
technical knockout of UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz to
close out 2011. The Brazilian then spent nearly 14 months on the
shelf due to injury but returned to the cage last month, upsetting
Evans in a lackluster UFC 156 co-headliner.