After more than two years away from active competition, Michael McDonald will return to the Octagon, meeting Masanori Kanehara at UFC 195.
Set for January 2 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the card features a main event between welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit.
McDonald (16-3) has won five of seven fights with the UFC, but injuries have kept him on the sidelines since late in 2013. He dropped that bout to Urijah Faber.
Kanehara (25-12-5) owns a 1-1 Octagon record, besting Alex Caceres via decision and losing to Rani Yahya.
Below is the current lineup:
UFC Welterweight Championship
Robbie Lawler (c) vs. Carlos Condit
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic
Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy
Welterweight: Neil Magny vs. Stephen Thompson
Welterweight: Albert Tumenov vs. Lorenz Larkin
Lightweight: Erik Koch vs. Drew Dober
Welterweight: Sheldon Westcott vs. Edgar Garcia
Strawweight: Justin Kish vs. Nina Ansaroff
Bantamweight: Michael McDonald vs. Masanori Kanehara