Following Wednesday’s announcement of the promotion’s return to Oklahoma City in nearly eight years, UFC officials added the Nogueira vs. Latifi bout on Thursday.
Latifi (12-5, 1NC) hasn’t fought since last September, when Ryan Bader knocked him out in Germany. Prior to that loss, the Swede had been on a three-fight winning streak. He currently sits at No. 10 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.
Sitting immediately behind Latifi at No. 11 is Nogueira (22-8). Though he split his two appearances in 2016, defeating Patrick Cummins before also losing to Bader, Nogueira has lost three of his last four bouts. The 40-year-old Brazilian needs to turn things around and hopes to begin with Latifi.