A middleweight clash between Antonio Carlos Junior and Ian Heinisch has been added to UFC Rochester, multiple sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by Combate. Both fighters have verbally agreed but contracts are yet to be signed.
Winner of the TUF Brazil 3 season as a heavyweight, Junior (10-2, 1 no-contest) is riding a five-fight winning streak under the UFC banner, including four rear-naked choke finishes against Tim Boetsch, Jack Marshman, Eric Spicely and Leonardo Guimaraes.
Heinisch (12-1) made his Octagon debut in November, when he defeated TUF Brazil 1 middleweight winner Cezar Ferreira via decision at UFC Buenos Aires. The former interim LFA titleholder signed with the UFC after stopping Justin Sumter at Dana White’s Contender Series last July.