Two more WEC veterans have their first appearances in the UFC after the UFC and WEC merger set.
Former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown (24-6) and featherweight contender Diego Nunes (15-1) have agreed to a fight at UFC 125, according to MMAJunkie.com.
The fight will likely take place on the night's untelevised preliminary card.
This will mark Brown's second appearance in the UFC, where he competed in 2004 as a lightweight and lost to Genki Sudo at UFC 47. Brown then fought in the smaller organizations until 2008 when he debuted in the WEC at WEC 34, defeating Jeff Curran to earn a title shot.
Brown then defeated champion Urijah Faber at WEC 36 to win the featherweight title, and he had successful defenses against Faber and Leonard Garcia before losing the title to current champion Jose Aldo.
Since the loss to Aldo, Brown is 2-1. He last competed at WEC 51, where he defeated Cole Province, and now he makes his way back to the UFC.
Nunes entered the WEC in late 2008 with an 11-0 mark and went 4-1 in the organization, with wins over Raphael Assuncao, Rafael Dias, Tyler Toner and Cole Province. Nunes' only defeat is his career has been to LC Davis at WEC 42.
Nunes now looks to work his way to a title shot in the UFC.
UFC 125 takes place Jan. 1 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the night's main card airs on pay-per-view. The show is headlined by a UFC Lightweight Title fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.
The card for UFC 125 now features:
- Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard (for UFC Lightweight Title)
- Jose Aldo vs. Josh Grispi (for UFC Featherweight Title)
- Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida
- Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
- Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
- Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera
- Antonio McKee vs. Jacob Volkmann
- Mike Brown vs. Diego Nunes
- Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman
- Daniel Roberts vs. Greg Soto
- Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares
Stay tuned for more news on UFC 125, as well as other news from the MMA world.