Stop me if you’ve hear this one before, but former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans finally date set for his long-awaited return to the Octagon.

According to the Brazilian media outlet Globo, Evans, has verbally agreed to meet former title contender Glover Teixeira in the main event of the upcoming UFC Fight Night 61 in February.

Evans (19-3-1), winner of season two of The Ultimate Fighter, has not stepped foot inside the Octagon since his first round TKO victory over Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in November 2013. Prior to this win, ‘Suga’ earned a close split decision over former Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 161 in June 2013. This victory snapped Evans’ two fight losing streak, which included a decision loss to current UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones in their main event title fight at UFC 145 in April 2012. He was originally scheduled to meet current number one contender Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 before a knee injury forced him out 10 days before the bout. He will enter this bout with seven career knockout victories and a UFC record of 14-3-1.

Teixeira (22-4) will enter this bout riding a career worst two-fight win streak, with his most recent outing being a one-sided unanimous decision to former NCAA wrestling national champion Phil Davis in the co-main event of UFC 179. Prior to this setback, the Brazilian knockout artist saw his 20-fight win streak snapped at the hands of current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in their title fight at UFC 172. He will enter this bout 19 stoppage wins, including 13  by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 5-2.

This announcement comes about a month after it was revealed the UFC was looking to book Evans against Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC on FOX 14 in January. Evans would later announce he had not recovered from his knee injury, which led to the UFC booking his teammate Anthony Johnson against Gustafsson.

UFC Fight Night 61 is currently scheduled to take place on February  22 at Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. No other fight have been announced.


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