And the hits just keep on coming…

After a rare weekend off, UFC officials have had a busy day on Tuesday, announcing numerous fights. The big one was Brock Lesnar’s return to welcome former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem to the Octagon at UFC 141 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, but that was far from all the announcements.

“Two of the welterweight division’s most promising contenders have verbally agreed to fight as Brian ‘Bad Boy’ Ebersole takes on Rory ‘Ares’ MacDonald Dec. 10 in Toronto,” UFC president Dana White proclaimed.

That fight and another welterweight contest pitting Rich Attonito against Claude Patrick will grace the UFC 140 fight card.

Largely considered a journeyman fighter, Ebersole (48-14-1) has taken his UFC opportunity and run with it. He defeated Chris Lytle in his Octagon debut at UFC 127 in Australia then returned at UFC 133 to rid the UFC and its fans of Dennis Hallman’s atrocious attire.

He’ll face his toughest test to date, however, in MacDonald (12-1), who enters the bout on the heels of back-to-back wins over Mike Pyle and Nate Diaz.

Attonito (10-4) is a veteran of the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter that has gone 3-1 since his time on the show. He and Patrick (14-1) should be a solid match-up. Patrick has won all three of his UFC bouts and is on 13-fight winning streak.

UFC officials also confirmed a previously reported match-up between lightweight debutants John Cholish and Mitch Clarke.

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