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RFA champ Christos Giagos signs with the UFC, meets Gilbert Burns in Brazil

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Another Resurrection Fighting Alliance champion has joined the UFC.

Christos Giagos, the current Resurrection Fighting Alliance lightweight champion, will make his transition to the Octagon against undefeated Gilbert Burns, who drops down to the 155-pound division following a successful UFC debut as a welterweight, at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 25. confirmed the bout with sources close to the situation, following a report by Combate.

Giagos (10-2) makes his UFC debut riding a four-fight winning streak. In his past couple bouts, "The Spartan" finished Dakota Cochrane and Sevak Magakian to win the RFA and Tachi PF lightweight titles, respectively.

Burns (8-0) returns to the lightweight division following a solid victory over Andreas Stahl at UFC on FOX 12 in July. The Blackzilians prospect had weight cutting issues in the past when attempting to fight at 155 pounds in Brazil, but plans to work with Mike Dolce for his next bout.

UFC 179 takes place at the Maracanazinho gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is headlined by a featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. Here’s the current fight card for Oct. 25.

Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
Glover Teixeira vs. Phil Davis
Scott Jorgensen vs. Wilson Reis
Fabio Maldonado vs. Hans Stringer
Alan Patrick vs. Beneil Dariush
Christos Giagos vs. Gilbert Burns
Lucas Martins vs. Darren Elkins
Felipe Arantes vs. Andre Fili
William Macario vs. Neil Magny
Fabricio Camoes vs. Josh Shockley
Yan Cabral vs. Naoyuki Kotani

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