Heavyweights will collide at one of the final UFC events of the year.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a matchup between Josh Parisian (14-4) and Don’Tale Mayes (8-4) is set for the UFC’s event on Dec. 18, which is expected to take place at the APEX in Las Vegas.
After a first-round finish of Chad Johnson to earn a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series in August 2020, Parisian has gone 1-1 in his two octagon appearances. In his promotional debut in November, Parisian lost a unanimous decision to Parker Porter, but bounced back in June with a split decision victory over Roque Martinez at UFC Vegas 29.
Mayes also lookd to build upon the momentum of his first UFC win. A fellow Contender Series alum, “Lord Kong” had a tough start to his promotional tenure with back-to-back finish losses to now interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane and Rodrigo Nascimento, but earned a unanimous decision against Martinez this past November at UFC Vegas 14. The 29-year-old was scheduled to face Tai Tuivasa in March before he had to withdraw due to not being medically cleared.