Welterweights Mike Pyle and Jake Ellenberger will square off on the UFC 108 preliminary card on January 2 in Las Vegas, with MMAjunkie reporting on Wednesday that the matchup has been verbally agreed upon and is expected to be finalized soon.
After losing his UFC debut to Brock Larson in May, Pyle (19-6-1), a former IFL, EliteXC, Strikeforce, Affliction and WEC fighter, evened his UFC record at 1-1 with a third-round submission of Chris Wilson in September at UFC Fight Night 19.
Ellenberger (21-5) is still seeking his first win inside the Octagon after dropping a narrow split decision to Carlos Condit at UFN 19 last month.
The pay-per-view UFC 108 event is expected to be headlined by middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort and is also reported to include Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva and Carlos Condit vs. Paul Daley.
Pictured: Mike Pyle