Mauricio Rua vs. Volkan Oezdemir has a new date and venue.
The light heavyweight clash that was previously scheduled for UFC Fight Night 129 has been rebooked to headline UFC Fight Night 134 in Hamburg, Germany. Promotion officials announced the change on Monday. The matchup was pulled from the UFC’s May 19 trip to Chile due to ongoing legal issues for Oezdemir, who is facing a third-degree felony battery charge for allegedly knocking a man unconscious outside a Florida bar.
UFC Fight Night 134 takes place at Barclaycard Arena on July 22. The event is expected to air on Fox Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Rua hasn’t competed frequently of late but has won three straight bouts over the past three years. “Shogun” last appeared at UFC Fight Night 106, where he earned a third-round TKO over Gian Villante on March 11, 2017. The 36-year-old Brazilian has also bested Corey Anderson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira during his current streak.
Oezdemir burst upon the scene in 2017 with victories over Ovince St. Preux, Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa — the latter two via first-round knockout. That earned the Swiss fighter a shot at reigning light heavyweight king Daniel Cormier, but “No Time” fell to “DC” via second-round TKO at UFC 220 on Jan. 20. Oezdemir owns a 15-2 career mark that includes 11 wins by KO or TKO.