The UFC’s traditional year-end card is getting a potential barnburner.
Michael Chiesa will move up to welterweight and take on a returning Carlos Condit at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting. ESPN was the first to report the news.
Chiesa (14-4) vowed to move up to welterweight following an injury leading him to miss weight at UFC 226 in July. The Washington native dropped that bout to Anthony Pettis by second-round submission. Chiesa, 30, has lost two straight, but was on a three-fight winning streak in the lightweight division prior to that.
Condit (30-12), a stalwart at 170 pounds in the UFC for nearly a decade, has lost four straight and openly discussed retirement. The JacksonWink MMA veteran has fallen to Neil Magny and Alex Oliveira following a 16-month layoff. Condit, 34, is the former interim UFC welterweight champion and owns wins over the likes of Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald and Dan Hardy.
UFC 232 will feature a superfight between women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. Cyborg’s featherweight belt will be on the line with the bout taking place at 145 pounds. Also on the card, BJ Penn will return against Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Ryan Hall.