A new main event is nearly finalized for the upcoming UFC card in Hamburg, Germany as Anthony Smith is expected to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the headline fight on July 22. Although Smith won’t get the opportunity to fight in his hometown of Nebraska, Smith won’t be disappointed because of it as he was got much bigger and better opportunity to be the main event headliner.
UFC Fight Night 134 takes place July 22 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The entire card airs on FS1 in the US and Sony ESPN in India.
According to multiple sources, both Shogun Rua and Anthony Smith have verbally agreed to fight on 7/22 in Hamburg. Not signed yet. This comes after Shogun’s original opponent Volkan Oezdemir was moved to 8/4 to fight Alex Gustafsson, which was first reported by @bokamotoESPN.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 3, 2018
“Lionheart” Smith is coming off a devastating first-round KO of another legend in Rashad Evans at UFC 225. Shogun Rua is on a 3 fight winning streak since going through a rough patch after losing the Light-Heavyweight title where he lost 5 of his next 8 fights. His most recent win was a 3rd round KO of Gian Villante and he also had a close split decision win over Corey Anderson prior to that.
Light heavyweight matchup between Glover Teixeira and Ilir Latifi expected to serve as the co-main event.