Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Tyson Pedro in the works for UFC Fight Night 142

A light heavyweight bout between Tyson Pedro and former UFC champion Mauricio Rua will be the latest addition to December’s UFC Fight Night 142 lineup.

Two people with knowledge of the situation told MMAjunkie that agreements are in place for the matchup between Pedro (7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Rua (25-11 MMA, 9-9 UFC). The people requested anonymity because the UFC has yet to make an official announcement. first reported the booking.

UFC Fight Night 142 takes place Dec. 1 at Adelaide Entertainment Center in Adelaide, Australia. The card is expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though broadcast plans haven’t been finalized.

Pedro, 27, will get his first crack at a former UFC champ, despite coming off a loss in his most recent bout. The Australian fighter lost a first-round submission defeat against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 132 in June, marking his second setback in his past three bouts.

Rua, 36, also enters the matchup following a defeat. “Shogun” was knocked out in just 89 seconds by Anthony Smith in July’s UFC Fight Night 134 headliner, snapping a three-fight winning streak. The Brazilian is 6-6 since dropping the 205-pound belt to Jon Jones in March 2011.

The latest UFC Fight Night 142 lineup includes:

  • Junior Dos Santos vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Ben Nguyen vs. Wilson Reis
  • Kai Kara-France vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Paul Craig vs. Jim Crute
  • Tyson Pedro vs. Mauricio Rua

For more on UFC Fight Night 142, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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