Shogun out; Glover Teixeira now faces Rashad Evans at FOX UFC Fight Night in Tampa
An injury has forced Mauricio "Shogun" Rua off the upcoming FOX UFC Fight Night card in Tampa, so Glover Teixeira has stepped up to face Rashad Evans in a featured bout on April 16.
UFC officials confirmed the changes to FOX Sports on Wednesday.
Teixeira accepted the fight coming off a pair of very impressive performances in his last two fights inside the Octagon.
The Brazilian wiped out top prospect Ovince Saint Preux in their main event fight last August before he did the same to Patrick Cummins when they met in November.
Now the former title contender will look to add another signature win to his record as he blazes a trail back to the top of the light heavyweight division.
Evans will arguably have a much tougher test in Teixeira than with Shogun, especially after returning to action post-knee injuries in a less-than-stellar outing against Ryan Bader last October.
Now the former light heavyweight champion is likely in a do-or-die situation ahead of this fight if he hopes to one day compete for a title again.
Teixeira vs. Evans will remain on the FOX UFC Fight Night main card, with the main event pitting Khabib Nurmagomedov against Tony Ferguson in a five round headline fight that will likely determine the next challenger for the lightweight title.