Four different UFC champions have all been added to UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa, Florida.

On Saturday night, during the broadcast of UFC Fight Night 82, the UFC confirmed former champions Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Rashad Evans will do battle in a light heavyweight bout while former champions Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson square off in a middleweight rematch.

Machida (22-7), a former UFC light heavyweight champion and middleweight title contender, will be looking to get back into the win column after suffering a devastating knockout to Yoel Romero in in June. This marked the second straight bout where fans saw “The Dragon” finished with the previous being a submission loss to Luke Rockhold at UFC on FOX 15.  He will enter this bout with 11 career stoppage wins, including nine by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 14-6.

Since losing their initial meeting, Henderson (31-12), also the former Pride FC and Strikeforce champion, has gone 2-5. In his mot recent contest, Henderson saw his lights turned out from violent headkick, courtesy of yet another former champion in Vitor Belfort.

Prior to this setback, the future Hall of Famer walked away with a first round knockout over Tim Boetsch. This victory, snapped the former Olympian’s two fight losing streak. He will enter this contest with a  UFC record of 8-8 and 17 career stoppages, with 15 coming by way of knockout.

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

This marked his second straight stoppage loss with his previous being a nose shattering stoppage to Henderson at UFC Fight Night 38.

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. 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.

To date, Evans’ last victory was his first round TKO victory over Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in November 2013.

The entire event will air live from the Amalie Center in Tampa on April 16. A lightweight matchup between the surging Tony Ferguson and the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov will serve as the headlining act.

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