Chad Mendes has nearly completed his two-year USADA suspension and will return to the Octagon against Myles Jury at UFC Fight Night 133.
The Las Vegas-based promotion confirmed the featherweight pairing on Monday. The previously reported heavyweight headliner pitting Junior dos Santos against Blagoy Ivanov was also made official, as was a lightweight clash between Paul Felder and James Vick.
UFC Fight Night 133 takes place at the CenturyLine Arena in Boise, Idaho on July 14. The card will air on Fox Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Mendes received a two-year sanction in July after testing positive for growth hormone. The Team Alpha Male standout claimed that he never knowingly took performance enhancing drugs and blamed the failed drug test on a skin cream used to treat plaque psoriasis. The 33-year-old last appeared at “The Ultimate Fighter 22” finale, where he suffered first-round knockout loss to Frankie Edgar.
Jury, meanwhile, is coming off a 2-0 campaign in 2017. The 29-year-old defeated Mike da la Torre via first-round TKO at UFC 210 before outpointing Rick Glenn at UFC 219 this past December.