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Ilir Latifi to meet Sean O'Connell in Boston

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Cult favorite Ilir Latifi is back.

The Swedish light heavyweight will take on Sean O'Connell at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz on Jan. 17 in Boston, UFC Europe reported Thursday on Twitter.

Latifi (10-4, 1 NC) is coming off a 56-second knockout of Hans Stringer in July. Overall, he has won three of four after a UFC debut loss to Gegard Mousasi in April 2013. This will be the 32-year-old's first UFC fight in the United States.

O'Connell (17-6) is also, coincidentally, coming off a 56-second knockout in his last fight. "The Real OC" starched Anthony Perosh in May and has won two straight by TKO. O'Connell, a 32-year-old who doubles as a sports radio host in Salt Lake City, has won eight of his last 10 fights.

UFC Fight Night 81 is headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champion T.J. Dillashaw and former champ Dominick Cruz. In the co-main event, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis takes on Eddie Alvarez.

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