On Tuesday night, the UFC announced a featherweight matchup between Diego Brandão and Jimy Hettes has officially been added to UFC 183 in January.

Brandão (18-10), winner of the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter, will enter this bout riding a two fight losing streak. In his most recent outing, fans saw the man known as ‘DB’ on the receiving end of  a first round TKO loss to Irish sensation Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC Fight Night 46 in July. However, Brandão is also known as the last man to defeat the surging Dennis Bermudez, who is currently riding a an impressive seven fight UFC win streak, when he slapped on tight first round armbar in their co-main event matchup at the TUF 14 Finale in December 2011. He will enter this bout with 14 career stoppages, including nine by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 4-3.

Hettes (11-2) has not been seen since suffering third round TKO loss to Bermudez at UFC 171 in March. Prior to this loss, fans saw ‘The Kid’ walk away with second round submission victory over TUF: Smashes winner Robert Whitaker at UFC Fight Night 30 in October 2013. He will enter this bout with all 10 career stoppage victories, all of which have ended in submission, and a UFC record of 3-2.

UFC 183 is currently scheduled to take place on January 31 in Las Vegas. A middleweight superfight between former champion Anderson Silva and fan favorite Nick Diaz will serve as the night’s main event.

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

  • Anderson Silva (33-6) vs. Nick Diaz (26-9)
  • Tim Boetsch (18-7) vs. Thales Leites (24-4)
  • Jordan Mein (29-9) vs. Thiago Alves (25-9)
  • Diego Brandão (18-10) vs. Jimy Hettes (11-2)
  • Thiago Santos (9-3) vs. Andy Enz (8-2)
  • Ildemar Alcantara (20-7) vs. Richardson Moreira (7-2)

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