An injured knee has forced former champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua out of his scheduled light heavyweight contest against Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa. UFC officials announced the news on Wednesday.

As a results, former title contender Glover Teixeira has been named Shogun’s replacement.

Teixeira (23-4) is coming off a dominant second round TKO over Patrick Cummins UFC Fight Night 77. Prior to this win, fans saw the hulking Brazilian snap his career worst two-fight win streak with a third round submission of Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 73. He will enter this bout with 21 career stoppage wins, including 14 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.

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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