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Report: Shogun vs. Evans, Lil’ Nog vs. Ortiz Moved to March 19th in Newark

(Brazilian Vinny, Mauricio Rua, and Brazilian Steve-O celebrate their big moment. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Sun)

According to a new report from Sportsnet, the UFC light-heavyweight title fight between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Rashad Evans is expected to headline a March 19th event at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey. Tito Ortiz‘s last-last chance against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is also slated for the show. Both fights had been previously tied to a March return to Abu Dhabi, leading to speculation that the event might not happen at all. As UFC U.K. president Marshall Zelaznik said back in November:

"I know there’s been talk of March 19 potentially happening. While we’re looking at delivering a pay-per-view (event) around that time, nothing’s been defined in terms of whether Abu Dhabi gets it or someone else."

March 2011 is already a busy month for the UFC, with UFC on Versus 3 slated to take place on 3/3 and a possible UFC Fight Night event on 3/26. In March 2010, Newark hosted UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy, which drew a passionate East Coast fan contingent. Until New York gets its head out of its ass, this might be the closest thing to an annual NYC event that we’ll get.

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LOKI- December 15, 2010 at 6:23 am
Rashad wins and Bones becomes the new Chuck to his Tito like back when they were pals.

Also this is the closest Ninja or guy #3 will ever come to fighting in the UFC let alone holding a title.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- December 15, 2010 at 1:59 am
When the F$@& are they coming back to Chicago??? They do one event here a few years ago, and then NOTHING since. Yet they keep doing multiple events in other sh!tty cities like Columbus, Ohio, or Sacramento.
RwilsonR- December 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm
^^^ Actually Viva, I think Tito will tell us about how it is a well known medical fact that twins transfer damage between them, so since Big Nog has been beaten down so much in his career, it necessarily means that Lil Nog is just as damaged. Tito will use Tomax and Xamot as 'real world' scientific proof of this medical phenomenon.
Viva Hate- December 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm
Little Nog vs. Big Head should be somewhat entertaining or hopefully we will get a chance for more medical advice from Tito about how Brazilians have soft heads thats why they invented BJJ so they do not get hit.
Smitty- December 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm
If "Cheeto" pulls off a win, we're gonna stink up the entire country when we collectively shit our pants!
youenjoyzedella- December 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm
Bones gets next!!
DazedNConfused- December 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm
Shogun yes. Shogun being dryhumped by Evans? mmm maybe not. Silva vs. Belfort would be more exciting. I'm worried for Shogun, that's a lot of Knee surgeries and he may not come in at his best. Plus Evans is pretty good at getting the fight to the ground. I'm hoping for some good takedown D from Shogun and some solid Muay Thai.
Fried Taco- December 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm
I'm sure the Abu Dhabi guys would prefer Shogun to another Anderson Silva debacle. Newark could care less who is fighting, as long as most of the fights are inside the octagon.