Volkan Oezdemir Draws Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC Fight Night in Chile

A light heavyweight showdown between former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir is headed for Chile on May 19.

A former title challenger will meet a former champion at UFC Fight Night in Chile as Volkan Oezdemir will square off with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on May 19.

UFC officials announced the matchup on Wednesday.

Oezdemir will be returning to action for the first time since suffering a loss to light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in his most recent fight. Prior to that setback, Oezdemir had won his first three UFC fights in a row including back-to-back knockouts against Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa.

As for “Shogun”, the legendary light heavyweight has been sidelined since last March while dealing with injuries, but he’s currently riding a three fight win streak including a knockout against Gian Villante in his last bout.

Now the former UFC champion will attempt to make it four in a row while facing a legitimate top five threat in Oezdemir.

UFC Fight Night in Chile goes down on May 19 with the promotion making its first appearance in the South American country.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.