UFC president Dana White told MMA Junkie that he expects UFC light-heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua to return from a knee injury in March and face No. 1 contender Rashad Evans for the title.
White believes a yet-to-be-announced March card in the United Arab Emirates (expected to serve as UFC 128) is the most likely date for the fight. Ultimately, the date will depend on the status of Rua's knee, which he had surgically repaired this past June. Rua's knees have proven troublesome for the past few years of his career, but White believes the issue may now finally be resolved.
"He's had these knee problems before, and he got his knee done in Brazil and then never did the therapy he was supposed to do," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "(He) always tried to come back too soon. The guy who did his knee this time is the best. He might even be the best in the world, and Shogun's done all the right things - done the right rehab, taken time off, didn't come back training too soon.
"Everything's on schedule, and he's looking good."
Rua has yet to defend the title after knocking out Lyoto Machida in the first round of their UFC 113 bout in May. Evans hasn't fought since taking a decision from Quinton Jackson at UFC 114 in late May.