UFC officials confirmed the booking yesterday evening.
Nate Marquardt (33-13-2 MMA, 11-6 UFC) returned to the middleweight division this past June, where he scored a “Performance of the night” submission win over James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 43 in New Zealand. Prior to that, Marquardt had dropped 3 straight fights at 170-pounds, including back-to-back knockout losses to Jake Ellenberger and Hector Lombard.
Meanwhile, Hawaiian-native Brad Tavares (12-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) will be looking to rebound out of 2-fight losing skid when he faces Marquardt this June in Sin City. After stringing together 5-straight octagon victories, Tavares has since dropped back-to-back fights to Yoel Romero and most recently Tim Boetsch.
UFC 182 takes place January 3 live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following the prelims which are set for FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The event is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight featuring champ Jon Jones taking on Daniel Cormier.
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