Ricardo Funch will get a second chance in the Octagon as he steps up on short notice to face Mike Pyle at UFC 142 in Brazil.
UFC officials announced the booking on Saturday.
Funch, a training partner of Gabriel Gonzaga, went 0-2 in his previous UFC stint dropping fights to both Johny Hendricks and Claude Patrick.
The Team Link fighter took some time off after the loss to Patrick in 2010, but returned to action just a couple of weeks ago and picked up a win over Ryan Quinn.
Now he’ll come back to the UFC with an opportunity to face Xtreme Couture fighter and veteran Mike Pyle.
The bout between Pyle and Funch will be part of the UFC 142 prelim special on FX airing on Jan 14.