Season eight lightweight runner-up of The Ultimate Fighter Phillipe Nover (5-1-1) is expected to make his formal UFC debut at UFC 98 on May 23 against Kyle Bradley (13-6).
The report of the new matchup comes courtesy of MMAjunkie.com, which adds that bout agreements have not yet been signed but are expected to be finalized shortly. FiveOuncesOfPain.com has also since confirmed the bout with a source close to one of the fighters.
After making it to the finals of TUF 8, Nover lost to wrestling standout Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision. The 24-year old New York made it to the finals with submission wins over Joe Duarte, Dave Kaplan, and George Roop.
Bradley entered the UFC on the heels of a seven fight win streak. However, he is winless in two fights inside the Octagon after having dropped his debut against Chris Lytle at UFC 81 followed by having second fight at UFC Fight Night 15 against Joe Lauzon this past September.
UFC 98 will emanate from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is scheduled to air on pay-per-view. The rumored main event for the show is a heavyweight title unification match between UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
Additional matchups for UFC 98 could include a grudge welterweight match between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra; a lightweight bout featuring Sean Sherk vs. Frank Edgar; Houston Alexander vs. Andre Gusmao, James Irvin vs. Drew McFedries in a battle of middleweights; and a clash between TUF 8 veterans George Roop and Dave Kaplan.