Although the legendary Brazilian fighter has struggled to gain momentum over the past few years, Shogun (24-10) is still one of the most highly regarded light heavyweights in the world, currently maintaining the No. 7 spot in the UFC rankings.
Trying to find some stability of his own, Villante (15-7) would make a significant move in the wide open division should he get past the former UFC light heavyweight and Pride FC Middleweight Grand Prix champion. Villante enters the fight on the heels of a second-round stoppage of Saparbek Safarov in early December.
UFC Fight Night 107 takes place on March 11 at Centro de Formação Olímpica de Fortaleza in Brazil. The card is headlined by a five-round middleweight showdown between Vitor Belfort and Kelvin Gastelum.