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'Shogun' Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux 2 slated for September UFC Fight Night in Japan


A PRIDE legend will be back in his old stomping grounds in September when Mauricio Rua returns to Japan for a rematch with Ovince Saint Preux.

The light heavyweight bout between Rua and Saint Preux will take place at the Sept. 23 UFC Fight Night event at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Broadcast plans for the card have yet to be announced.

The UFC on Wednesday announced the bout.

Rua, No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, is riding a three-fight winning streak since his 34-second TKO loss to No. 10-ranked Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 56 in November 2014.

Saint Preux, meanwhile, has had an up-and-down run since his encounter with “Shogun.” He’s gone 2-4 in his past six fights, with a recent submission win over Marcos Rogerio de Lima to snap a three-fight losing skid.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Japan, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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