On Thursday the UFC announced a heavyweight matchup between Tod Duffee and Anthony Hamilton had officially beed added to the highly anticipated UFC 181 fight card in December. ESPN was the first to report the news.

Duffee (8-2) has not stepped inside UFC octagon since scoring a first round knockout victory over Phil De Fries at UFC 155 in December 2012. Since then the American Kickboxing Academy product been sidelined with the rare nerve disorder Parsonage-Turner syndrome. All eight of his professional victories have ended by way of knockout, including a UFC record seven second knockout over Tim Hague at UFC 102.

Hamilton (13-3), a Jackson-Winklejohn product, is coming off a second-round knockout victory over Ruan Potts at UFC 177 last month. Prior to this victory fans saw ‘Freight Train’ suffer a first round submission loss in his UFC debut to Alexey Oleinek at UFC Fight Night 44 in June. This snapped his six fight win streak.

UFC 181 is set to take place on Dec. 6 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Here’s how the rest of the card is shaping up:

  • UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman (12-0) vs. Vitor Belfort (24-10)
  • UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis (17-2) vs. Gilbert Melendez (22-3)
  • Travis Browne (16-2-1) vs. Brendan Schaub (10-4)
  • Corey Anderson (3-0) vs. Gian Villante (12-5)

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