Justin Jones held King of the Cage gold as an amateur. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
Ultimate Fighting Championship newcomer Justin Jones will meet “The Ultimate Fighter 19” light heavyweight winner Corey Anderson at UFC 181, the organization announced on Monday.
Jones is the third opponent lined up for Anderson, who was originally slated to meet Gian Villante before last week being matched against replacement Jonathan Wilson. The UFC’s announcement did not give a reason for Wilson’s withdrawal from the event.
UFC 181 takes place Dec. 6 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The show’s main card airs live on pay-per-view and includes a pair of title fights, with welterweight champion Johny Hendricks defending his belt in a return bout with Robbie Lawler, and lighweight ace Anthony Pettis going up against fellow “TUF 20” coach Gilbert Melendez.
Former collegiate wrestler Anderson holds a 4-0 professional record and conquered the “TUF 19” final by punching out Matt Van Buren in 61 seconds on July 6. New opponent Jones owns a 3-0 professional mark with three finishes and was scheduled to compete at RFA 21 before being called up to the UFC.