The UFC has announced two new match ups for the last show of the year. At featherweight, Diego Brandao and Dustin Poirier are set to face off, while a middleweight bout between Uriah Hall and Chris Leben has also been confirmed.
— UFC (@ufc) September 19, 2013
Brandao won The Ultimate Fighter 14, defeating Dennis Bermudez with an armbar in the first round. Since then he’s gone 3-1, and holds a 18-8 record overall.
Dustin Poirier meanwhile has gone 6-2 in the UFC, advancing him to #6 in the featherweight division. He most recently defeated Erik Koch at UFC 164, bringing his overall record to 14-3.
Middleweights Chris Leben and Uriah Hall are also set to fight on the card.
Leben was the first WEC middleweight champion before making his UFC debut on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. In 2011 though, he tested positive for oxy-morphine and oxycodone, kicking off a three fight losing streak that he still hasn’t recovered from. He is currently 22-10 overall.
Uriah Hall is also in a similar situation. After a dominant performance on The Ultimate Fighter 17, Hall dropped an upset defeat to Kelvin Gastelum at the finale. He subsequently lost another decision to John Howard just months later, bringing his record to 7-4.
UFC 168 will take place on December 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, with a co-main event featuring women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Miesha Tate.
The current card is as follows:
Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate
Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne
Michael Johnson vs. Gleison Tibau
Chris Leben vs. Uriah Hall
Diego Brandao vs. Dustin Poirier