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Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that the light heavyweight rematch is targeted to take place at UFC 274, which is set for May 7 at a location and venue yet to be announced. Ag. Fight was first to report the booking.
Verbal agreements are in place for the rematch with contracts expected to be signed soon.
Rua and Saint Preux first met at UFC Fight Night 56 in November 2014. “OSP” picked up the biggest win of his career to that point with a 34-second TKO win over the former world champion.
The 40-year-old Rua is 5-2-1 over his last eight appearances, which includes stoppage wins over Gian Villante and Tyson Pedro. In his most recent bout, Rua was stopped in the second round by Paul Craig at UFC 255 in November 2020.
Guilherme Cruz contributed to this report.