UFC 194 is quickly emerging as the most stacked card in UFC history.

On Thursday afternoon, it was revealed the UFC had booked a bantamweight contest between Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz, the welterweight bout between Gunnar Nelson vs. Demian Maia and a featherweight fight between Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens for the upcoming December fight card in December.

Faber (32-8), who just finished filming season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter,  will be looking to pick up his seventh win in his last eight bouts, including his last two, as a member of the UFC’s 135-pound division. In hist most recent contest, ‘The California Kid’ dropped a decision to former UFC lightweight turned featherweight contender Frankie Edgar. This marked Faber’s first bout at 145-pounds since dropping down to bantamweight in 2010. To date, Faber’s last lost as a bantamweight came at the hands of former champion Renan Barão at UFC 169 in February 2014.

Saenz (11-2), a former King of the Cage champion, will be looking to improve on his already impressvie seven fight streak. In his most recent outing, the Arizona native earned a split decision Sirwan Kakai last month at UFC Fight Night 73. Prior to this win, Saenz kicked off his UFC career with back-to-back unanimous decision wins over Nolan Ticman and Iuri Alcântara.

Maia (21-6), a former UFC middleweight title contender, is coming off a dominant second round submission win over the red-hot Neil Magny at UFC 190 last month. This win not only extended the Brazilian’s win streak to three straight but also marked his seventh submission win under the UFC banner, the third most in the promotion’s history. Prior to this win, Maia picked up back-to-back decision over Ryan LaFlare and Alexander Yakovlev.

Nelson (14-1-1), a member of the famed Straight Blast Gym in Ireland, is coming off a blistering first round submission win over Brandon Thatch at UFC 189 in July. This victory marked his 13th stoppage and 10th submission win in his career. Prior to this win, ‘Gunni’ suffered his first professional loss when he dropped a split decision to Rick Story at UFC Fight Night 53.

Holloway (14-3) will enter this bout looking to improve on his career best seven fight streak, which includes six stoppages and three post fight bonuses. In his most recent effort, the 23-year-old Hawaiian, earned a bizarre first round TKO win over Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 74 last month. Prior to this win, the man known as ‘Blessed’ walked away with the biggest win of his career in the former of a third round submission over Cub Swanson at UFC on FOX 15 in April. To date his last loss came at the hands of current interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

Stephens (25-11) was most recently seen walking away with a thrilling third round flying knee TKO over Dennis Bermudez at UFC 189. This victory snapped, ‘Lil’ Heathen’s’ two fight losing streak and marked his first stoppage win in more than two years.

UFC 194 is currently set to take place on Dec. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A featherweight title fight between reigning champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Conor McGregor will serve as the night’s headlining act while a middleweight title fight between reigning UFC champion Chris Weidman and former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold will serve as the co-main event.

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