Former Ultimate Fighter competitor Matt Mitrione will return to the Octagon this December against a British heavyweight, but it won’t be Rob Broughton. Instead, UFC officials confirmed on Friday that Mitrione will face Phil DeFries at UFC 155.
UFC 155 is set for December 29. The main event is expected to feature UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos defending his title against Cain Velasquez. Mitrione-DeFries will likely be added to the prelims.
Mitrione (5-1) will be attempting to rebound from his first career loss, as he dropped a decision to Cheick Kongo last October. He was set to face Broughton earlier this year, but Broughton was forced out with a family issue.
DeFries (9-1) scored a submission victory earlier this year over Oli Thompson. He is 2-1 in his UFC career, including a win over Broughton.