Will Campuzano has won five straight fights since his last UFC appearance. | Dean Marchand/Sherdog.com
Will Campuzano will make his UFC return on short notice, when the former Legacy Fighting Championship flyweight titlist takes on Sergio Pettis at UFC 167.
Campuzano replaces an injured Vaughan Lee, who was forced to withdraw from his bantamweight showdown with Pettis due to an upper body injury. UFC 167 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 16 and is headlined by a welterweight title showdown between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks. The evening’s main draw airs live on pay-per-view and will also feature a light heavyweight confrontation pitting former champion Rashad Evans against ex-title challenger Chael Sonnen.
Campuzano, 27, was released by the UFC in 2011 on the heels of back-to-back defeats to Nick Pace and Chris Cariaso. The Texan has not lost since, however, posting five straight wins and capturing the LFC flyweight strap before vacating that title in August. Campuzano last competed on Oct. 5, when he took a split decision from 13-year pro Hideo Tokoro under the Vale Tudo Japan banner.
Pettis has never been defeated as a pro and brings nine consecutive victories with him into his Octagon debut. The 20-year-old is the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and most recently fought in September, submitting James Porter with a kimura in the Wisconsin-based North American Fighting Championship.