UFC officials on Monday announced the new fight.
Hettes (11-1) enters the fight having submitted Rob Whiteford at UFC Fight Night 30 in October. That bout marked his rebound after having lost the first fight of his career when Marcus Brimage took a unanimous nod from the judges at UFC 152 a year prior.
Aside from getting back on the winning track, the fight with Whiteford also marked Hettes’ return from injury. Now, he’ll be looking to keep the momentum building in the fight with Bermudez.
Bermudez (12-3) made his way to the Octagon via the fourteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He made it to the finals, but lost via armbar to Diego Brandao. Bermudez has since gone on a five-fight unbeaten streak, most recently winning a unanimous decision over Steven Siler in November.
A victory here would mean a huge leap forward in the featherweight title picture for either fighter, particularly so for Bermudez, who is riding the wave of his winning streak.
Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler headline UFC 171 in a fight for the UFC welterweight championship recently vacated by longtime champion Georges St-Pierre.