Ryan Hall will return to the octagon after a two-year layoff.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a featherweight matchup between Hall and Ilia Topuria is set fo UFC 264. The event takes place July 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Adjara Sport was the first to report the targeted matchup.
The bout had been reported in March but sources told MMA Fighting that it wasn’t done at the time due to Hall still recovering from a hip injury that forced him out of his March 13 bout with Dan Ige.
Hall has won eight straight, including all four of his UFC appearances. “The Wizard” hasn’t competed in the octagon since his unanimous decision win over Darren Elkins at UFC Sacramento in July 2019.
Topuria is one of the division’s highly touted prospects with victories in all 10 of his professional fights. “El Matador” is 2-0 in the UFC with a decision win over Youssef Zalal in October and a blistering first-round knockout of Damon Jackson at UFC Vegas 16 in December.
UFC 264 will be headlined by the trilogy fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.