On Saturday, November 8, 2014, the UFC heads to the Ginasio Municipal Tancredo Neves in Uberlandia, Brazil for UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. St. Preux.

Originally, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was slated to face English knockout machine, Jimi Manuwa, but Manuwa was forced off the card due to an injury and now Rua must face the hungry up-and-comer in Ovince St. Preux.

Anytime a legend like Rua fights, fans are going to tune in, but this card has some interesting matchups that are flying under the radar.

 

Warlley Alves vs. Alan Jouban

Alan Jouban is an establish MMA veteran looking to make a run in the UFC welterweight division, while Alves is a hot up-and-comer ,who just won The Ultimate Fighter Brazil middleweight tournament. Alves will be making his UFC welterweight debut. The welterweight division is loaded with talent and neither fighter can afford a loss if they hope to climb the ladder. Both men took home bonus checks in their first UFC outings, so expect an action packed bout.

 

Ian McCall vs. John Lineker

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has dominated the division since winning the inaugural title and the UFC is in desperate need of a worthy challenger. Ian McCall has already faced Johnson twice; fighting him to a draw in their first bout and dropping a unanimous decision in their second. McCall is a tough out for anyone and a win over John Lineker would give him three straight in the division, setting him up for a potential title shot. Lineker on the other hand is coming off of a “Fight of the Night” performance over Alptekin Ozkilic. A win over McCall would give him a 6-2 UFC record and put him one win away from a potential title shot.

 

Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince St. Preux

There was a time when Rua was widely considered to be the world’s best light heavyweight, but that’s no longer the case. Rua has been involved in some of the most memorable fights in MMA history and those battles have taken their toll on his body and it shows in his performance. Rua is still in the prime of his career at just 32, but if he is going to make another run at the title, the time is now. Standing across from Rua will be tough and talented opponent in St. Preux. OSP is coming off of a disappointing loss to Ryan Bader in his last outing and is hungry to make a statement. OSP’s athleticism and physical power could spell disaster for Rua.

 

Stay tuned for the latest news and updates revolving around UFC Fight Night 56.

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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.