Rua (26-11-1) has won four of his last six under the UFC banner, with those wins coming over the aforementioned Nogueira (second meeting), Corey Anderson, Gian Villante and Tyson Pedro. Rua is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, defeating Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 to claim the gold. Rua is back competing on a UFC pay-per-view card for the first time in almost four years, with his last appearance coming at UFC 198 in May of 2016.
Nogueira (23-9-0) has won two of his last five in the UFC, with those victories coming over Patrick Cummins and Sam Alvey. Nogueira also lost the first meeting against Rua, with that defeat coming at Pride FC Critical Countdown 2005 in June of 2005. Nogueira is also back in action for the first time in almost a year, with his last bout happening at UFC 237 in May of 2019.
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till takes place on Saturday, July 25 from a location to be announced with Robert Whittaker and Darren Till headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, while broadcast plans have yet to be announced.