On Thursday, the UFC announced a pair of bouts for UFC Fight Night 81. Lightweight Ross Pearson (pictured) will battle Francisco Trinaldo, while light heavyweight Ilir Latifi meets Sean O’Connell in the January 17 event.
Pearson has alternated between wins and losses over his past six outings. “The Real Deal” is fresh off September’s split decision victory over Paul Felder.
Trinaldo will be riding a four-fight winning streak into the tango. The Brazilian most recently TKO’d Chad Laprise in August.
TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts hosts the festivities. Fox Sports 1 broadcasts the main card live.
Reigning bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw looks to solidify his status as the game’s top 135-pounder by beating former champ Dominick Cruz in the show’s featured contest.
Here is the card’s updated lineup:
Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell
Charles Rosa vs. Jimy Hettes
Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Ben Saunders vs. Patrick Cote
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
Dominick Cruz vs. TJ Dillashaw (UFC bantamweight champion)