ESPN was first to report the pairing. UFC 249 will take place
on April 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is headlined by a lightweight
championship tilt between Khabib
Nurmagomedov and Tony
“Jacare” made his light heavyweight debut at UFC Fight Night 164,
where he dropped a lackluster split decision to Jan
Blachowicz on Nov. 16. The former Strikeforce middleweight king
has never challenged for a title in the UFC but has hovered around
the top of the division for much of his promotional tenure. The
40-year-old Brazilian has struggled of late, however, losing four
of his last six Octagon appearances.
After scuffling through a three-bout skid from November 2015 to
November 2016, Hall has won three of his last four UFC outings.
“The Ultimate Fighter 17” finalist is coming off a split-decision
triumph over Antonio
Carlos Jr. at UFC Fight Night 158 on Sept. 14.