With the UFC bantamweight title currently vacant, the promotion is looking to set up the future of the division in short order. While they have elected to let Marlon Moraes and flyweight champ Henry Cejudo compete for the strap at UFC 238, they’ve also added a couple of top contender bouts at 135 to the card as well.
The latest will see Petr Yan face off with Jimmie Rivera on the June 8th card in Chicago. ESPN was the first to report the bout, which hasn’t been made official by the UFC as of yet.
Yan (12-1) is perfect in the UFC in four outings thus far, most recently picking up a big decision win over John Dodson in February.
Rivera (22-3) is coming off a decision loss to Aljamain Sterling in February. He is 6-2 in the UFC overall.
Sterling will compete against Pedro Munhoz on the came card. The event will also feature a women’s flyweight title fight between champion Valentina Shevchenko and challenger Jessica Eye.