A light-heavyweight fight between Rashad Evans and Glover Texeira is believed to have been pinpointed to headline the UFC Fight Night 61 event at Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sulin in Brazil on February 22nd.
That’s according to Globo out of Brazil, but it should be noted that Texeira’s manager has not been cleared to fight on that date yet following his recent injuries.
Assuming the fight is made official it would be Evans first Octagon encounter in well over a year. He last fought in November of 2013 where he claimed a first round TKO win against Chael Sonnen. That was his second victory in a row after getting his hand raised via split decision against Dan Henderson earlier that same year.
Injuries have held back Evans since then, but he still holds down the No.4 spot in the official light-heavyweight division rankings at this moment in time.
Teixeira’s recent form is the opposite of Evans, having lost his last two fights which took place earlier this year. The first came with his unsuccessful title shot against Jon Jones in April which saw him dominated for much of the five round encounter, while Phil Davis also earned a unanimous decision victory against him in October.
His slump in form coincides with competing against two of the division’s best fighters though and so the Brazilian remains ranked at No.6, but now faces another tough opponent as he looks to rekindle the 20-fight unbeaten streak he enjoyed prior to that.