Featherweights Charles Oliveira (16-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) and Estevan Payan (14-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) are the latest additions to this fall’s UFC 166 lineup.
The Houston Chronicle first reported the matchup, which UFC officials later confirmed. The fight is expected for the event’s preliminary-card, though it’s not clear whether it will serve on the FOX Sports 1-televised or Facebook-streamed portion.
UFC 166 takes place Oct. 19 at Houston’s Toyota Center and is headlined by a rubber match between heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and ex-champ Junior dos Santos.
Despite a good showing in his most recent outing, Oliveira is badly in need of a win in the UFC. The Texas-based Brazilian took on ex-champ Frankie Edgar at UFC 162 and lost a unanimous decision. Previously, he was knocked out by Cub Swanson at UFC 152.
In his first appearances at featherweight, Oliveira went 2-0 with wins over Eric Wisely and Jonathan Brooks. As a lightweight, he went 2-2 in the octagon.
Payan, meanwhile, looks to get on the right foot after a decision loss to Jeremy Stephen in his UFC debut at UFC 160. The Arizona-based fighter transitioned to the promotion after winning back-to-back fights in the now-defunct Strikeforce.
Prior to his setback, Payan had won five straight bouts.
With the addition to the lineup, UFC 166 now includes:
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(Pictured: Charles Oliveira)