UFC Light Heavyweight Tyson Pedro returns to the octagon in a matchup with Ike Villanueva, April 23rd at UFC Fight Night 207.
Marcel Dorff first reported the announcement; Ike Villanueva has since posted the matchup on his social media (Twitter).
Fighting out of Gold Coast, Queensland, Tyson Pedro made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 101, November 26th 2016, securing a first round submission of Khalil Rountree. Holding a 3-3 promotional record, the 30-year-old last fought at UFC Fight Night 142, December 1st 2018, in a TKO loss to Mauricio Rua; Pedro sustained an ACL injury during the bout, resulting in the requirement for ACL surgery, and ultimately a lengthy recovery period. Pedro was originally scheduled to return to the octagon in February 2020 at UFC Fight Night 168, versus Vinicius Moreira; injury, however, forced Pedro to withdraw.
Ike ‘Hurricane’ Villanueva, fighting out of Houston, Texas, made his promotional debut May 13th 2020 at UFC Fight Night 171, in a TKO loss to Chase Sherman. The 37-year-old holds a 1-4 promotional record, with a win against Vinicius Moreira at UFC Fight Island 8 his only UFC victory. Villanueva last fought October 23rd 2021 at UFC Vegas 41, in a TKO loss to Nicolae Negumereanu.
With both Light Heavyweights entering UFC Fight Night 207 riding a two fight skid, both fighters will view this matchup as an opportunity to kickstart a return to winning ways.