UFC 232: Corey Anderson vs. Ilir Latifi Set For Year-End Event

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A key fight between light-heavyweight contenders has been set for the UFC’s year end card in Vegas.

Top 10 light-heavyweights Corey Anderson and Ilir Latifi are booked for UFC 232 in Las Vegas in December. After rumors of the bout surfaced earlier this week, UFC officials made the fight official on UFC Tonight. In a battle that is extremely important for helping determine the future of the 205 pound division after Daniel Cormier retires, the winner of this fight can potentially get a title shot in the very near future.

Corey Anderson, after suffering back to back losses to Jimi Manuwa and Ovince Saint Preux in 2017, has won two fights in a row in 2018. First by dominating Patrick Cummins en route to a decision win in April, and then smothering Glover Teixera for a decision win in July. Anderson also won the season 19 light-heavyweight Ultimate Fighter tournament in 2014.

Ilir Latifi has won two fights in a row as well, defeating Tyson Pedro in September of last year via decision and dominating Ovince Saint Preux en route to a stoppage win earlier this year. He’s also won five of his last six fights, with the sole loss coming to current Bellator light-heavyweight champion Ryan Bader in 2016. He was going into that fight with a three fight win streak that included victories over Sean O’Connell and Gian Villiante.

UFC 232 is expected to take place December 29 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card is headlined by a super-fight between women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, and women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.