Former WEC champion and UFC title contender Urijah Faber will return to the Octagon this December at UFC 181 against Francisco Rivera. Officials added the bout late Wednesday night.
Set for December 6 from Las Vegas, the pay-per-view main card features two UFC title fights, as Robbie Lawler challenges Johny Hendricks for the welterweight title and Anthony Pettis defends his lightweight belt vs. Gilbert Melendez.
Faber (31-7) scored a submission victory over Alex Caceres in July and was rumored to be part of the Japan card, but never officially announced. He is 7-3 since coming over to the UFC from the WEC, and is still unbeaten in non-title fights throughout his career.
Rivera (10-3) has won three of five inside the Octagon, but is coming off a decision loss to Takeya Mizugaki that snapped a six-fight unbeaten streak. He had a previous win vs. Roland Delorme overturned to a no-contest due to a failed drug test.
Below is the current lineup:
UFC Welterweight Championship
Johny Hendricks (c) vs. Robbie Lawler
UFC Lightweight Championship
Anthony Pettis (c) vs. Gilbert Melendez
Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub
Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Francisco Rivera
Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante
Heavyweight: Todd Duffee vs. Anthony Hamilton
Middleweight: Eddie Gordon vs. Josh Samman
Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Abel Trujillo
Female Bantamweight: Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
Bantamweight: Sergio Pettis vs. Matt Hobar