Perennial title contender Urijah Faber will face No. 11 ranked bantamweight Francisco Rivera at UFC 181 on Dec. 6th in Las Vegas. UFC officials reported Wednesday that both fighters had verbally agreed to the match.
The stacked UFC 181 card is headlined with two title fights with Johny Hendricks putting his welterweight title on the line in a rematch against Robbie Lawler, and Anthony Pettis defending his lightweight title against fellow TUF 20 coach Gilbert Melendez.
Faber (31-7) has already had three title shots since making the move from the WEC in 2011. The 35-year-old former WEC featherweight champ is 5-1 in his last six outings, most recently stopping Alex Caceres via submission at UFC 175 in July. Prior to that he’d lost a bantamweight championship bout against then title-holder Renan Barao in February.
Rivera (10-3, 1 NC) has fought three times since he had a 2012 KO win against Roland Delorme overturned to a No Contest after he tested positive for ephedra. He fought twice in 2013, knocking out both Edwin Figueroa and George Roop. “Cisco” last fought in May, dropping a unanimous decision to Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 173.
With this latest addition, UFC 181 now includes:
- Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler – for welterweight title
- Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez – for lightweight title
- Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub
- Urijah Faber vs. Francisco Rivera
- Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
- Tony Ferguson vs. Abel Trujillo
- Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante
- Eddie Gordon vs. Josh Samman
- Todd Duffee vs. Anthony Hamilton
- Matt Hobar vs. Sergio Pettis