Promotion officials announced on Thursday that the featherweight
pairing will go down at
UFC 166. The Oct. 19 card, which takes place at the Toyota
Center in Houston, features a heavyweight title tilt between
Velasquez and Junior dos
A former lightweight, Oliveira has lost his last two bouts at 145
pounds, falling to Cub Swanson
via first-round knockout at UFC 152 before dropping a unanimous
verdict to Edgar in July. “Do Bronx” defeated Eric Wisely
Brookins in his first two featherweight appearances.
A two-time Strikeforce veteran, Payan lost to Jeremy
Stephens in his Octagon debut, losing a bloody unanimous
decision at UFC 160. That setback ended an eight-fight unbeaten
streak for the Arizona Combat Sports product.