The UFC is set to return to the New Orleans Superdome in 2017.
The venue has hosted UFC events since 1999 and is the only venue that has hosted two of the five heavyweight titles.
The UFC has not fought at the venue since 2003 when it was used to host the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship event.
The New Orleans venue also hosted the UFC event in 2016 and 2017, but both events were scrapped due to Hurricane Katrina.
This year’s UFC event will be held at a new home in downtown New Orleans, and the card will feature a new titleholder in Mark Hunt, who defeated Robbie Lawler to become the first fighter to defend his belt in more than two years.
The new card will also feature a pair of titleholders in Anthony Johnson and Georges St-Pierre.
Hunt (23-6 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is the second former UFC title challenger to return.
In September 2016, St-Poel beat Anderson Silva for the interim belt and then defended his belt against Glover Teixeira.
In his next title defense against Johnson, he defeated the Brazilian to become an undefeated fighter in the UFC.
Johnson (20-4 MMA, 12-2 RFA) defeated Mark Hunt for the UFC’s lightweight belt in August 2018.
Hunt won the belt by submission in the third round.
The next day, Hunt was the first man to hold the title since Josh Barnett in 2015.
The last time an MMA fighter had won a belt in two consecutive fights was Georges P. VanZant’s title reign from 2016 to 2017.
In that fight, Hunt came back from a submission loss to Rashad Evans to win by unanimous decision.
Hunt defeated P.J. Dozier by TKO in the fifth round of their rematch.
Hunt has defended his title five times since then, and his last two wins were by submission.
Johnson has never defended the belt before, but he was the last fighter to take the belt from Hunt in March 2017.
Johnson will look to extend his unbeaten streak to six wins in his next outing.
“The Phenom” defeated Chris Weidman in his last fight, but it was his second straight loss, the third time in four fights.
He was knocked out in the second round by Daniel Cormier at UFC 190, and he was knocked down by Weideman in his final fight at UFC 192.
Johnson is coming off a loss to Rory MacDonald in March 2018, which ended his undefeated streak.