Headlining the card is a light heavyweight match-up between two of the UFC’s biggest stars, former 205-pound champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-17) and former No. 1 middleweight contender Chael Sonnen (28-13-1).
UFC President Dana White commented on returning to his hometown of Boston:
“We’re finally coming back to Boston and we’re bringing the most stacked card in UFC history. In the main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Shogun Rua takes on Chael Sonnen, who once again stepped up and asked for a big fight. Then we have Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne in a heavyweight fight. Both of those guys have heavy hands, so I expect someone to get knocked out! The rest of the card is loaded with exciting fights, including Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara, Matt Brown vs. Thiago Alves, Boston’s Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson, Uriah Hall vs. Nick Ring, and Irish superstar Conor McGregor vs. Andy Ogle. Boston, we’re coming back on Aug. 17!”
Also on the card, perennial top contender Urijah Faber (28-6) takes on Brazilian bantamweight Yuri Alcantara (27-4). The always entertaining Matt Brown (19-11) looks to continue his run toward the welterweight title against Thiago Alves (24-8).
In Fox Sports 1: 1 preliminary card action which will also be televised on the five-hour broadcast, England’s Brad Pickett (24-7) takes on bantamweight contender Michael McDonald (15-2). Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown (26-8) faces Sweden’s Akira Corassani (13-4-1).
TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao (21-8,) faces Texan Daniel Pineda (17-9) at featherweight. And rounding out the televised card will be Irish knockout artist Conor McGregor (13-2) taking on England’s Andy Ogle (9-2) at featherweight.
In the Facebook prelims, TUF 5 teammates Manny Gamburyan (12-7) and Cole Miller (19-7) clash at featherweight*. Denver’s Cody Donovan (8-2) takes on former University of Tennessee linebacker Ovince Saint Preux (13-5) at light heavyweight. And TUF 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem (8-3) taking on unbeaten Texan James Vick (4-0) at lightweight.
Tickets for “UFC on FOX Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen” go on sale Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. ET and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations (www.ticketmaster.com). Stay close to ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) for all UFC news and updates for UFC on Fox Sports 1: 1.
*Editor’s Note: Miller vs. Gamburyan was left off today’s press release from the UFC. This is hopefully just an oversight as the bout is still listed on UFC.com as being part of the card.