UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic is an upcoming mixed martial arts event that will be held on May 14, 2016 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
The event was initially announced as a Fight Night event with a middleweight bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort and former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza scheduled to serve as headliner. However, it was reported by Brazilian media that this event would become UFC 198 following a series of events in January 2016 that led to the originally planned UFC 196 becoming a UFC Fight Night following a series of cancellations.
On March 4, it was confirmed that the event was indeed changed to PPV and it is expected to be headlined by a UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between current champion Fabrício Werdum and top contender Stipe Miocic. They were briefly scheduled to meet at the original UFC 196, as Miocic replaced former two-time champion Cain Velasquez. In turn, Werdum announced on the following day that he was pulling out of the event due to injury as well as he wasn’t comfortable with the opponent change while dealing with injuries of his own.
The event will be the first that the promotion has hosted in Curitiba. It will be the fourth stadium venue to host a UFC event after UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Canada, UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson at the Tele2 Arena in Sweden and UFC 193 at the Etihad Stadium in Australia.
Check out the full fight card for the event below along with a video preview.
Main Card (PPV)
Fabricio Werdum (c) vs. Stipe Miocic [a]
Ronaldo Souza vs. Vitor Belfort
Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall
Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith
Maurício Rua vs. Corey Anderson
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown
Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Thiago Santos vs. Nate Marquardt
John Lineker vs. Rob Font
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Patrick Cummins
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Yancy Medeiros
Sérgio Moraes vs. Luan Chagas
Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov