Lightweight heavyweight title challengers Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira will battle it out for another shot at the belt.
The UFC is working on a September 12 headliner for the Brazilian light heavyweights, several people told MMA Fighting after a first report from ESPN.com. The event is slated to take place in Las Vegas at UFC APEX.
Santos returns for the first time since a hard-fought loss to current champion Jon Jones at UFC 239. The Brazilian, who suffered a severe blow, suffered serious knee injuries during the fight and still managed to hold the distance, winning a score sheet of 48-47 while the two remaining judges saw the same for Jones.
Santos underwent surgery and immediately went into rehabilitation, in collaboration with the UFC PI in Las Vegas. The 36-year-old Brazilian told MMA Junkie that he plans to move permanently from Rio De Janeiro to Coconut Creek, Florida, to train full-time for the American Top Team. Before his title loss, he won four straight wins, including three saves.
After defeats in high-level fights, Teixeira is on the rise with a quartet of victories. He recently clubbed Anthony Smith en route to a TKO at UFC Jacksonville in April, placing him in revenge with Jones after a unilateral loss in April 2014.
UFC President Dana White recently told Yahoo! Sports All UFC events could be moved to Abu Dhabi in the event that a halt to the coronavirus pandemic is restored in Las Vegas, where several events took place last month.