It looks like Mauricio (Shogun) Rua’s UFC debut will be against Forrest Griffin.
According to the Brazilian fighting website Tatame.com, Chute Box founder Rudimar Fedrigo has confirmed the bout for Sept. 22 at UFC 76.
“We went specially to Las Vegas to sign the contract for four fights and to record the videos for before the fight,” Fedrigo said.
Shogun has been a main-stay in Pride Fighting Championships for many years. He won the 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament, beating both Alistair Overeem and Ricardo Arona via first-round TKO in the same day.
Shogun has amassed an impressive professional record of 16-2, which includes a TKO victory over current UFC light-heavyweight champion, Quinton (Rampage) Jackson.
Griffin is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Hector Ramirez at UFC 72.
Also announced for UFC 76 is a match between (The Iceman) Chuck Liddell and (The Dean of Mean) Keith Jardine.
The UFC has added two more matches to UFC 74: Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir will battle Antoni Hardonk and Clay Guida will face Marcus Aurelio.
Current UFC 74 card:
Randy Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Josh Koscheck vs. Georges St-Pierre
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Joe Stevenson
Patrick Cote vs. Kendall Grove
Frank Mir vs. Antoni Hardonk (May not be shown on PPV)
Clay Guida vs. Marcus Aurelio (May not be shown on PPV)