The next contender for the UFC light heavyweight title likely will be determined Jan. 30 as Anthony Johnson gets his wish and faces Ryan Bader in the FOX UFC Fight Night main event in Newark, New Jersey.
The fight was announced on "UFC Tonight" on Wednesday.
Johnson has been clamoring for a fight with Bader for the past couple of months as he anxiously awaited word on his return to action following a knockout win over Jimi Manuwa in September.
Article continues below ...
Johnson fought for the UFC title in May, losing by submission to current champion Daniel Cormier before returning to form with the win over Manuwa. The heavy-handed striker will look to cement his place atop the contenders with another victory in January, but he’ll face a tough test.
Bader is riding a five-fight win streak and the former "Ultimate Fighter" winner has racked up a slew of top-10 wins, including victories over Ovince Saint Preux and most recently former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans at UFC 192.
Bader likely was next in line for a title shot against Cormier until former champion Jon Jones was reinstated from suspension last month. But now Jones likely will get the chance to reclaim the championship he never lost after being stripped of the belt following his arrest in April on hit-and-run charges.