On Sunday night, local time, the UFC lands back at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany for the second time in the promo’s history for UFC Fight Night 134. The main event and co-main event both feature critical light heavyweight match-ups consisting of three, top-10 contenders.
Headlining the card will be the long-awaited return of eighth-ranked previous champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who has actually been sidelined considering that March 2017. Shogun is on a three-fight winning streak, however hasn’t fought beyond his house nation of Brazil given that December 2013. He was initially expected to eliminate second-ranked Volkan Oezdemir, however the Swiss fighter was relocated to a different event, and was changed by Anthony “Lionheart” Smith.
Smith is coming off his light heavyweight debut just last month when he disposed of previous champ Rashad Evans with a nasty knee only 53 seconds into their fight. This sent out Evans into retirement, and increased Smith’s popularity. The Nebraskan rapidly jumped at the possibility to take on another high-profile opponent with an opportunity to jump up in the rankings.
The co-main event functions Glover Teixeira and Corey Anderson. Teixeira was initially expected to deal with Ilir Latifi in a fight of three-versus-four, however Latifi had to take out due to injury and was changed by Anderson. Teixeira is coming off another squashing knockout as he beat Misha Cirkunov back in December, and Anderson was able to take a decision win over Patrick Cummins in April. Both guys remain in the top 10, and wanting to inch closer to a title shot.
The primary card rounds out with an excellent mix of veterans and beginners throughout 4 divisions, consisting of Stefan Struve, Marcin Tybura, Abu Azaitar and David Zawada.
The event starts on UFC Fight Pass with 3 early prelims at 10:30 a.m. ET. The action then moves to Fox Sports 1 with four preliminary bouts starting at 12 p.m. ET. The six-fight main card will stay on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 2 p.m. ET.
Anthony Smith vs. Mauricio Rua Full Fight
Corey Anderson vs. Glover Teixeira Full Fight
Abu Azaitar vs. Vitor Miranda Full Fight
Marcin Tybura vs. Stefan Struve Full Fight
Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marc Diakiese Full Fight
Danny Roberts vs. David Zawada Full Fight