Diego Brandao has hit a rough patch in his UFC career. | Photo: Ciarán Maher/Sherdog.com
A featherweight showdown between Diego Brandao and Jim Hettes has been added to the UFC 183 bill.
The UFC announced the matchup on Tuesday. UFC 183 takes place in Las Vegas on Jan. 31 and is headlined by a middleweight bout between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz. The card also includes a welterweight tilt pitting Jordan Mein against Thiago Alves.
The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 14” 145-pound bracket, Brandao won four of his first five bouts inside the Octagon. The 27-year-old Brazilian has fallen on hard times of late, however, losing via first-round knockout to both Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor in his last two outings.
Hettes opened his professional career with 10 consecutive victories, including triumphs over Alex Caceres and Nam Phan in the UFC. He has lost two of his last three with the Las Vegas-based promotion, most recently falling to Dennis Bermudez at UFC 171 in March.