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UFC 182 Picks Up Welterweight Scrap

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Welterweights will help kickoff the New Year at UFC 182, as Mats Nilsson meets Omari Akhmedov.

Set for January 3 from Las Vegas and the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the night will feature a pair of world title fights. First, Ronda Rousey defends her female bantamweight gold vs. Cat Zingano in the co-main event, while Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier settle their feud over the light heavyweight title in the main event.

Nilsson (11-3-1) is moving down from middleweight after a loss to Luke Barnatt earlier this year. He has finished seven of his 11 wins. Akhmedov (13-2) earned a knockout over Thiago Perpetuo in his debut with the promotion, but was submitted by Gunnar Nelson in his most recent appearance.

Below is the current lineup:

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones (c) vs. Daniel Cormier

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Cat Zingano

Welterweight: Hector Lombard vs. Josh Burkman

Middleweight: Nate Marquardt vs. Brad Tavares

Lightweight: Evan Dunham vs. Rodrigo Damm

Heavyweight: Shawn Jordan vs. Jared Cannonier

Flyweight: Louis Gaudinot vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

Welterweight: Mats Nilsson vs. Omari Akhmedov