Featherweight standouts Charles Oliveira and Hatsu Hioki are expected to hook 'em up at the latest and greatest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) "Fight Night" event in New Zealand, which is scheduled to take place on June 28, 2014, inside Auckland's Vector Arena.
Tatame first brought word of the pending match up on Saturday.
Oliveira (17-4, 1 NC) was able to snap a two-fight losing streak by strangling Andy Ogle at UFC Fight Night 38 last February in Brazil. After a hot start to his lightweight career, "Do Bronx" dropped down to 145 pounds with mixed results, but at just 24 years old, has plenty of time to work the kinks out.
That might not hold true for his 30-year-old opponent.
Hioki (27-7-2) was on the chopping block after dropping three consecutive fights under the ZUFFA banner. Fortunately, he was able to remain competitive in all three losses and had a chance to redeem himself against Ivan Menjivar, which he did, by outpointing "The Pride of El Salvador" earlier this year in Macao.
Can he do likewise against the dangerous Brazilian grappler?
UFC Fight Night 43: "Te Huna vs. Marquardt" will be headlined by a middleweight main event pitting local hero James Te Huna against longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Nate Marquardt. Expect more fight announcements in the coming weeks.