A bantamweight showdown between Mitch Gagnon (12-3) and Matthew Lopez (8-1) has been added to December’s UFC 206 card in Canada. UFC officials confirmed the booking this week.
UFC 206 will be held on Dec. 10 from Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Daniel Cormier defends his light heavyweight title against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in the main event.
Gagnon first began competing in the UFC in 2012, but has spent nearly two years on the sidelines due to injury. He last fought in Dec. 2014 when Renan Barao broke his four-fight winning streak via submission. Prior to that Gagnon had bested the likes of Roman Salazar, Tim Gorman, Dustin Kimura and Walel Watson. Currently 4-2 inside the Octagon, the 32-year-old Canadian is mostly known for his grappling game and has finished all but one of his 12 professional victories via submission.
After a remarkable eight-fight unbeaten streak, including five straight first-round stoppages in the RFA organization, Lopez dropped his UFC debut in July to Rani Yahya. Lopez’s most recent victory was a submission of Eli Finn due to strikes at RFA 37 in April. The 29-year-old Reign MMA product has only needed the judges’ scorecards once in his eight professional victories and has finished three opponents via knockout and four via submission.
With Gagnon vs. Lopez added to the lineup, UFC 206 now includes:
- Light Heavyweight Championship: Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Anthony Johnson
- Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis
- Valerie Letourneau vs. Viviane Pereira
- Zach Makovsky vs. John Moraga
- John Makdessi vs. Lando Vannata
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober
- Emil Meek vs. Jordan Mein
- Rustam Khabilov vs. Jason Saggo
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Nikita Krylov
- Dooho Choi vs. Cub Swanson
- Li Jingliang vs. Chad Laprise
- Mitch Gagnon vs. Matthew Lopez
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