A former flyweight title challenger will head to Ottawa looking to start another run toward the top.
Ali Bagautinov will meet Geane Herrera in a 125-pound bout at UFC Fight Night 89 in Canada's capital on June 18. The UFC announced the bout Thursday.
Bagautinov (13-4), a 30-year old native of Dagestan, strung together an 11-fight win streak, including three in the UFC, and earned a shot at Demetrious Johnson's title at UFC 174. But he's run into rocky times since. He lost a decision to Johnson, was suspended afterwards for EPO usage, and then lost his return fight to Joseph Benavidez at UFC 192.
Herrera (9-1), meanwhile, is looking to build off the momentum of his last fight. The Tampa native took an 8-0 record into the UFC before losing a decision to Ray Borg last summer. But he rebounded with a second-round TKO of Joby Sanchez at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December.