UFC: Jesse Strader Targeted for February 19 Return vs. Chad Anheliger

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 20: (L-R) Jesse Strader punches Montel Jackson in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

A fight between bantamweight prospects Jesse Strader and Chad Anheliger is being targeted for a UFC event on February 19.

MMA Junkie reports that the UFC is targeting a return for bantamweight prospect Jesse Strader against promotional newcomer Chad Anheliger early next year.  The fight is expected to take place on February 19, 2022.

Strader (5-2) is looking to bounce back from a loss to Montel Jackson in what was a short notice debut in the UFC back in March.  An injury forced him to withdraw from a bout with Mana Martinez this past August.  Fighting out of Lancaster, California, Strader is best known for building his professional career in Combate Americas where he had a breakthrough performance that made Sportscenter‘s Top 10 list his before being signed to the UFC.

Anheliger (11-5) will be making his official debut after winning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series in September where he prevailed with a split decision over Muin Gafurov.  The Canadian standout rides an impressive nine fight win-streak in several regional promotions heading into the bout.  He also defeated recent The Ultimate Fighter finalist Brady Hiestand in his final bout before the Contender Series.

Currently, no location or other card details have been made official at this time.