Dennis Hallman’s move to lightweight — and possibly back into board shorts — will come on Dec. 10 at UFC 140 in Toronto against John Makdessi.
A verbal agreement is in place for the fight, MMADieHards.com confirmed Thursday.
Hallman (Twitter: @DennisHallman) drew the ire of UFC president Dana White when he competed in a bikini at UFC 133 on Aug. 6. Hallman battled a quick-onset elbow infection in his fight with Brian Ebersole and was defeated by TKO in the first round.
The following week, he had surgery and was on intravenous antibiotics to relieve the infection, which had brought with it a severe degree of swelling and left the joint virtually immobile.
Hallman has since resumed training and focusing on his new opponent.
“Makdessi’s karate is strong,” said Hallman, who characterizes his style as “Cowboy Karate.”
Makdessi (Twitter: @BullSquadMMA) is an unbeaten Canadian who will be making his second straight appearance in his home country.
Makdessi (9-0) scored a stunning third-round knockout of Kyle Watson at UFC 129 in Toronto’s Rogers Centre with a spinning backfist. A knockout of the year candidate, he was virtually robbed of the fight night bonus when Lyoto Machida knocked out Randy Couture with his “Steven Seagal” front kick.
While UFC 129 was held in the big stadium in front of a UFC record crowd of over 55,000, this event will take place at the Air Canada Centre, home to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL.