Two of the best young featherweight fighters in the world will square off before the end of the year.
Undefeated rising stars Bryce Mitchell and Ilia Topuria have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 282 on Dec. 10 in Las Vegas, sources confirmed to ESPN on Monday.
The Fight Bananas website was the first to report the news.
Mitchell and Topuria were booked in separate fights this fall, but both came up short. Mitchell was tied for a UFC Fight Night main event bout against Movsar Evloev on November 5, but Evloev pulled out due to injury. Topuria was supposed to fight Edson Barboza on October 29 in a UFC Fight Night headliner, but Barboza also had to pull out due to injury.
Both Mitchell and Topuria are represented by First Round Management.
Mitchell (15-0) has won his first six UFC fights and is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Barboza at UFC 272 in March. The 28-year-old Arkansas native is known for his excellent wrestling and grappling.
Topuria (12-0) is 4-0 in the UFC with three straight knockout victories. The 25-year-old German-born fighter, who lives in Spain and is of Georgian descent, has won 11 of his 12 career wins.
UFC 282 does not yet have an official headliner, but a light heavyweight title rematch between champion Jiri Prochazka and former champion Glover Teixeira has been booked for the pay-per-view event. December from T-Mobile Arena.