In one corner, we'll have former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. Standing in his way is another former world champion looking to cement his own place at the top of the division.
The main event could very well be a title eliminator, meaning the victor would likely get a crack at current 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley, who won the belt off Lawler via knockout at UFC 201 in July of 2016. Antônio Rogério Nogueira, who is once again scheduled to fight in Winnipeg on the December 16 card, pulled out of a fight with Mauricio Rua in the scheduled co-main event that night.
Lawler (28-11) is a former welterweight champion. UFC Winnipeg, otherwise known as UFC on Fox 26, takes place December 16.
Lawler, who now owns a lifetime professional mixed martial arts record of 28-11 (9-2 UFC), will be heading into his second bout since losing the welterweight title to Tyron Woodley in July 2016. Dos Anjos has looked like a new man since he moved up to 170 pounds.
Dos Anjos promised to make his fight with Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) an entertaining one by pushing the action.
Dos Anjos (27-9) is on a two-fight win streak, besting Neil Magny via submission and Tarec Saffiedine since moving up to welterweight after a run at lightweight that included a title-winning performance vs. Anthony Pettis.
In another light-heavyweight bout, 11th-ranked Brazilian Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-7) will meet 15th-ranked American Jared Cannonier (10-2). The eighth-ranked Cirkunov, from Toronto, has won eight of his last nine fights. As such, this fight could very well produce the welterweight division's next title challenger. More fights are expected to be added.