(A year is a long time to wait to get beaten up.)
The UFC announced that the long-rumored light heavyweight title bout between champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and former champ Rashad Evans as well as a bantamweight contender bout between former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber and former bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland will act as co-main events for UFC 128 Saturday March 19 in Newark, New Jersey.
According to the UFC.com, the event, which will take place at the Prudential Center, will also feature a featherwight match-up between Joseph Benevidez and Ian Loveland as well as a pair of lightweight showdowns pitting Kurt Pellegrino against Gleison Tibau and Edson Barbosa against Anthony Njokuani.
Although they have yet to be officially announced, the event, which was originally being planned for Abu Dhabi, will purportedly also include a welterweight scrap between Mike Pyle and Ricardo Almeida as well as a heavyweight tilt between Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovi? and Brendan Schaub.
The event will mark Rua’s first title defense since the Brazilian took the belt in emphatic fashion from its former owner, Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 in May as he required knee surgery following the bout and has been rehabbing the repaired joint for the past several months. Evans opted to sit on the sidelines to wait for his crack at Rua, rather than risk losing his spot in line.