Both Ryan Bader and Rafael Cavalcante were rumored opponents for Dan Henderson and Daniel Cormier. Now, they will face off against one another at UFC 174.
Officials added the light heavyweight bout to the June 14 card from Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The main event that evening features UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson against Ali Bagautinov.
Bader (16-4) is a former Ultimate Fighter winner and has gone 9-4 with the promotion. The 30-year-old has alternated wins and losses in each of his last five fights, including a December victory over Anthony Perosh.
Cavalcante (12-4) is a former Strikeforce champion. He earned his first UFC victory over Igor Pokrajac last November via submission. He lost to Thiago Silva in his Octagon debut in early 2013.
Cormier and Henderson were announced as opponents for one another at UFC 173 in May.
Below is the current lineup:
UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Ali Bagautinov
Welterweight: Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante
Welterweight: Daniel Sarafian vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Bantamweight: Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin
Bantamweight: Roland Delorme vs. Michinori Tanaka
Lightweight: Kajan Johnson vs. Tae Hyun Bang
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