UFC 128 will be the promotion's third stop at Prudential Center.
New Jersey Arena will Host UFC 128: Shogun vs. Evans on March 19th
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has found a new East Coast destination in New Jersey, with Newark’s Prudential Center becoming the home of a third UFC show on Saturday, March 19th. The upcoming UFC 128 will feature a highly anticipated Light Heavyweight Championship Fight between titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and “Suga” Rashad Evans in the main event, with a bantamweight battle featuring former WEC stars Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland also on tap.
“This is the light heavyweight title fight that everyone has been waiting to see,” UFC President Dana White stated. “Shogun has been on an absolute tear and proved that by knocking out Lyoto Machida to take the belt. Now he faces Rashad Evans, who is coming off back-to-back wins over Thiago Silva and Rampage Jackson and has never been hungrier to reclaim the title. With the main event and the other fights we’re putting together, we’re bringing another awesome card to New Jersey, and I’m excited to get back to the East Coast.”
Prudential Center was the host site of UFC 111 in March of 2010 and featured a pair of title fights. UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre successfully defended his belt against Dan Hardy, while Shane Carwin scored a first round TKO over Frank Mir to become the interim UFC Heavyweight Champion. Prior to that, the Newark arena hosted UFC 78: Validation, where Evans defeated Michael Bisbing in a light heavyweight pairing. UFC 78 was the first event by the promotion in the Garden State since UFC 53, which was held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
“We are so pleased to welcome UFC back to Prudential Center for what I know will be another spectacular experience for fans,'' said Jeff Vanderbeek, Chairman and Managing Partner of Devils Arena Entertainment. ''Each UFC event at the Rock has been a huge success and we know we will exceed the high standard that UFC expects for an outstanding evening."
News of a return to Prudential Center was originally indicated by New Jersey native Kurt Pellegrino back in December. The popular lightweight will be facing Geison Tibau on the undercard of the show. Another big match for UFC 128 is expected between heavyweights Brendan Schaub and Mirko Cro Cop, but that fight has not been officially announced yet.