Kurt Pellegrino will get to fight at home for his next bout in the UFC as the New Jersey native announced on Twitter Wednesday that he would face Gleison Tibau at UFC 129 in his home state in March.
The March 19 card originally set for Abu Dhabi has since been moved to the Prudential Center in New Jersey, which last hosted UFC 111 in March of this year with Georges St-Pierre facing Dan Hardy in the main event.
Pellegrino also fought on that card getting a submission win over Fabricio Camoes, and looks to repeat that performance in March. The New Jersey fighter last stepped into the Octagon in July losing a unanimous decision to George Sotiropoulos.
Hoping to derail Pellegrino in his home state will be American Top Team fighter Gleison Tibau as he tries to rebound from a loss of his own to Jim Miller back in September.
During his UFC tenure, Tibau has gone 7-5 over his career with the promotion and will look to avoid back-to-back losses when he faces Pellegrino in March.
The lightweight bout between Pellegrino and Tibau will likely end up on the preliminary portion of the card, but no official word has come from the UFC about the show or line-up for UFC 129.