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Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares Expected for UFC 125 on Jan. 1

Phil BaroniVeteran Phil Baroni will look to avoid a likely UFC release when he’s expected to face undefeated Ultimate Fighter 11 semifinalist Brad Tavares in a middleweight bout at “UFC 125: Edgar vs. Maynard 2″ on January 1 in Las Vegas, MMAjunkie reports.

Baroni (13-12) dropped a unanimous decision to Amir Sadollah last November in his UFC return for his second-straight loss before being forced off August’s UFC 118 with an injury, while Tavares (5-0) topped Seth Baczynski in his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale in June.

UFC 125 is headlined by lightweight champ Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard and also includes Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson, Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida, and Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim.

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