As expected former middleweight Ricardo Almeida (12-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) looks to build off a welterweight-debut win over Matt Brown when he fights former champ Matt Hughes (44-7 MMA, 17-5 UFC) at UFC 117.
Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 117 takes place Aug. 7 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. The night’s main card, including Almeida vs. Hughes, airs on pay-per-view.
Almeida said he asked for the fight immediately after Hughes defeated Renzo Gracie (who awarded Almeida his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt) at UFC 112 in April.
Almeida, who looks to avenge his mentor’s loss, goes for his fourth consecutive win in the UFC. After a four-year break from the sport, the former PRIDE and Pancarase fighter went 1-1 with a submission win over Rob Yundt and a close split-decision defeat to Patrick Cote in 2008. Then, after another yearlong layoff, he returned to post decision wins over Matt Horwich and Kendall Grove and the submission victory over Brown in March.
Hughes, meanwhile, quietly has moved back into title contention. After losing his long-held welterweight title during a tough 1-3 stretch, he’s since rebounded for a close decision win over Matt Serra and the TKO victory over Gracie.
The Almeida-Hughes fight is actually a rematch of sorts. Hughes defeated Almeida in 2000 during an ADCC grappling match.