Mounir Lazzez and Gabriel Bonfim are set to meet at the UFC’s upcoming pay-per-view show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Jan. 21, multiple people with knowledge of the booking told MMA Fighting after Bonfim announced the match-up on his social media.
Lazzez (11-2) won a decision over short-notice replacement Ange Loosa in his most recent octagon appearance this past April, bouncing back from a stoppage defeat to Warlley Alves in January 2021. The former Brave CF super lightweight (165 pounds) title contender is 2-1 in the UFC at welterweight.
Bonfim (13-0) won the LFA welterweight belt the past March and earned a contract with the UFC by finishing Trey Waters with a Von Flue choke at Dana White‘s Contender Series earlier this month. The 25-year-old scored all of his wins by stoppage, including 10 submissions and three knockouts.
UFC 283 marks the return to Brazil of the company after almost three years. It will also be the first Brazilian show since May 2019. This event will kick-off the new partnership with Brazil’s broadcaster Globo.
Damon Martin contributed to this report.