Last week, Roy Nelson (pictured) and Daniel Cormier signed a fake bout agreement to meet at UFC 166. On Monday, the bitter rivals inked a real contract to settle their differences on October 19.
The Houston Chronicle first reported the matchup, which was subsequently confirmed by the UFC.
The fight signifies Nelson and the UFC came to an agreement on a new deal. “Big Country” rolled the dice by declining the UFC’s contract extension prior to meeting Stipe Miocic last month, believing a win would strengthen his bargaining power.
Unfortunately for Nelson, his gamble backfired in a unanimous decision defeat.
Cormier, meanwhile, admittedly “laid an egg” in his Octagon debut. Despite bumping his professional record to a perfect 12-0, Cormier was less than impressive in a decision victory over former champion Frank Mir.
Nelson and Cormier will co-headline the pay-per-view broadcast.
Toyota Center in Houston, Texas hosts the festivities.
Here is the card’s current roster:
Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio
Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt
Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez
Roy Nelson vs. Daniel Cormier
Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez (UFC heavyweight champion)