The UFC 168 fight card is starting to fill up fast with another two new bouts made official today for the end-of-year show in Las Vegas on December 28th.
First up, middleweight brawler Chris Leben will go up against TUF 17 finalist Uriah Hall in what will surely be seen as a must-win fight by both men.
It’s fair to say it’s not been a good couple of years for Leben, picking up three losses in a row coupled with a lengthy drugs suspension which has left him on shaky ground in the promotion.
The same could be said for Hall who looked like one of the most exciting prospects to emerge from ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ show in years, but has barely shown a glimpse of that potential in his two Octagon outings so far, and if he can’t get it together this time around then it’s more likely than not that he’ll be shown the exit door.
Meanwhile, featherweight fighter Dustin Poirier has also been assigned to UFC 168 and he’ll take on another TUF star in Diego Brandao who won season 14.
Poirier looked very impressive last time out against Erik Koch, while Brandao is currently on a three-fight unbeaten run at 145lbs and this has the potential to be an explosive match-up.
It’s not clear at this stage whether either of the aforementioned bouts will make it on to the UFC 168 main card which will be headlined by a middleweight title rematch between current champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva with a woman’s bantamweight championship fight between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate lined up for the co-main event.