Yves Edwards and Isaac Vallie-Flagg will meet in a lightweight showdown at UFC 156.
Promotion officials verified the pairing on Tuesday, also revealing that Chico Camus will welcome fellow bantamweight Dustin Kimura to the Octagon at the Feb. 2 event.
Headlined by a featherweight title scrap pitting reigning champion Jose Aldo against onetime lightweight ruler Frankie Edgar, UFC 156 takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. In addition to the main event, the evening’s pay-per-view broadcast will also showcase a heavyweight confrontation between Alistair Overeem and Antonio Silva on the eve of the NFL Super Bowl.
A 15-year veteran, Edwards rejoined the UFC fold in 2010, posting a 3-2 record before being booked against hard-punching Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis. However, that October clash was postponed when Stephens was arrested for an outstanding warrant in his home state of Iowa just hours before the fight was to take place. Edwards and Stephens eventually met in December at UFC on Fox 5, with Edwards stopping “Lil’ Heathen” via knockout in just 1:55.
Vallie-Flagg, meanwhile, makes his UFC debut after posting back-to-back wins in the Strikeforce cage. The 34-year-old Jackson’s MMA representative has not lost since 2007 and most recently earned a split decision over former top 10 talent Gesias Cavalcante last May.
A winner of four straight fights, Camus made his Octagon debut in August, snatching a unanimous decision from “Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 alumnus Dustin Pague at UFC 150. The 27-year-old has finished seven of his 12 career victims in nearly four years as a pro, earning a quartet of victories via knockout along the way.
Kimura has been perfect in his three-year career, posting eight stoppages against just one decision win. Most recently, the Hawaiian competed under the Philippines-based Pacific Xtreme Combat banner, knocking out Shooto veteran Guy Delumeau on Nov. 17 at PXC 34.