On Wednesday afternoon, during an episode of UFC Tonight, it was revealed the UFC was targeting a light heavyweight contest between former champions Rashad Evans and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. According to the report, one of Evans’ managers, Ali Abdel-Aziz, told Ariel Helwani he and Evans are currently seeking the bout.

This bout should seem like a long time coming, as Evans was originally scheduled to challge for Shogun’s UFC title nearly nearly five years ago.

Shogun (22-11), a former UFC light heavyweight champion and 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Champion, previously defeated fellow Brazilian Antônio ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira for UFC 190 in August.. Prior to this win, fans saw the former champion suffer a first round knockout loss to Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 56 in November.

This marked his second straight knockout loss with his previous being a nose shattering stoppage to fellow MMA icon Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 38. He currently holds a UFC record of 7-8, with all of his wins ending by way of knockout.

Evans (19-4-1), winner of season two of The Ultimate Fighter, was last seen suffering a heart breaking loss to fellow TUF winner Ryan Bader at UFC 192 earlier this month. This marked the Blackzillian products’ first appearance inside the Octagon since injuring his knee 10 days before his scheduled fight against reigning light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 170.

While it was initially believed he would return in February 2015, Evans announced announced that he expected to be sidelined an additional six to sevens months after undergoing another knee surgery in February 2015. To date his last victory was his first round TKO victory over Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in November 2013.

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