Tavares last fought in January when he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On the post-fight drug test, the Brazilian tested positive for drostanolone and was suspended for nine months.
Mulhern, a fellow jiu-jitsu black belt, looks to earn his first win inside the Octagon in Brazil. A former Strikeforce welterweight, the Jackson’s MMA product makes his lightweight debut after suffering a first-round TKO loss to Rick Story on March.
UFC Fight Night 32 is headlined by the light-heavyweight showdown between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson, and features the original TUF Brazil 1 middleweight final Cezar Ferreira vs. Daniel Sarafian in the co-main event. The other match-ups already confirmed for the show are Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Ryan LaFlare and Rafael Cavalcante vs. Igor Pokrajac.