Corey Anderson, a recent winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will take on Gian Villante this December at UFC 181, officials announced on Tuesday.
Set for Las Vegas on December 6 and the Mandalay Bay Events Center, the pay-per-view card will feature two UFC title fights. Chris Weidman defends his middleweight belt against Vitor Belfort in the main event, while Anthony Pettis puts his lightweight gold on the line vs. Gilbert Melendez.
Anderson (3-0) earned a first round knockout of Matt Van Buren in July to win the Season 19 title on TUF. He was selected No. 1 by Frankie Edgar for the reality series.
Villante (12-5) has split his four Octagon appearances, including a recent decision over Sean O’Connell. He trains out of Serra-Longo, the same camp as Weidman.
Below is the current lineup for the night:
UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Vitor Belfort
UFC Lightweight Championship
Anthony Pettis (c) vs. Gilbert Melendez
Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub
Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante