The UFC has added a light heavyweight bout to the UFC on FOX 6 card as Ryan Bader will meet Vladimir Matyushenko.
UFC officials announced the fight booking on Monday and it’s not known at this time if the fight will take place on the main card on FOX or the preliminary card.
Bader (14-3) won season eight of “The Ultimate Fighter” and won his first five fights in the UFC. Since that time, he has gone 2-3 with the losses coming against current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former UFC champions Tito Ortiz and Lyoto Machida.
After winning two in a row against Jason Brilz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Bader entered UFC on FOX 4 with the potential of looking at a potential title shot. However, he was knocked out by Machida in the second round.
Matyushenko (26-6) has been in the UFC octagon since UFC 141, which he was defeated by Alexander Gustafsson in the first round. He was scheduled to face Matt Hamill at UFC 152, but he had to pull out of the fight with an injury.
In his most recent stint in the UFC, Matyushenko has won four of his last six and his last two wins are by knockout in the first round. He has not made it out of the first round in his last four fights and the longest fight during this stretch is just over two minutes.
UFC on FOX 6 takes place on January 26th from the United Center from Chicago and will be headlined by Demetrious Johnson making his first UFC flyweight title defense against John Dodson.