Coming off the heels of his mild upset victory over Houston Alexander at UFC Fight Night 15 this past September, Eric “Red” Schafer is now set to make his return to the Octagon on January 17 in Dublin, Ireland during at UFC 93.
MMAjunkie.com was the first to report the news and FiveOuncesOfPain.com has since verified the story with a source affiliated with Schafer’s camp. Antonio Mendes reportedly had been set to face Andre Gusmao, who is no longer expected to compete on the card.
With the win over Alexander, Schafer, 10-3-2, was able to extend his second tour of duty with the UFC. His first UFC stint ended after having suffered consecutive losses to Michael Bisping and Stephan Bonnar at UFCs 66 and 77, respectively.
Schafer will attempt to improve his lifetime record in the UFC to 3-2 when he faces Mendes, a Brazilian fighter who lost his UFC debut in May at UFC 84.
Facing the undefeated Thiago Silva, Mendes’ overall MMA record fell to 15-3 after submitting to punches at 2:24 of round 1. Prior to being signed by the UFC, the 27-year old had recorded a notable victory by International MMA standards after TKO’ing Kirill “Baby Fedor” Sidelnikov during an M-1 and MFC co-promoted event in 2007.
UFC 93 is scheduled from to emanate from the O2 Arena and will be headlined by a light heavyweight matchup featuring Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson. Additional matchups include Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Mark Coleman, Denis Kang vs. Alan Belcher, Rousimar Palhares vs. Jeremy Horn, and Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle.