Ed Herman (12-5) and Scott Smith (11-3) will meet in a middleweight match up on Irish soil at UFC 72 in Belfast, according to UFC.com.
Both fighters are former contestants on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality series (Herman TUF 3; Smith TUF 4).
After two consecutive UFC losses to Kendall Grove (unanimous decision) and Jason MacDonald (triangle choke), the talented Herman finally got his first win inside the Octagon against Chris Price at UFC Fight Night 8 earlier this year.
"Short Fuse" trains with Team Quest out of Portland, Oregon.
Smith's UFC career seems to be on life support with a lackluster 1-2 record, which very well could have been 0-3 if he didn't land perhaps the greatest desperation punch in the history of the organization to finish Pete Sell at the TUF 4 Finale.
After a terrible performance against Patrick Cote at UFC 67, which he lost via unanimous decision, the UFC let him fight Troy Miller at the Palace Fighting Championship last month.
Smith won that fight via technical knockout in the first round.
It's a crapshoot trying to predict fights these days, but Herman and Smith are both aggressive, which should make for an exciting showdown.
(I thought the same with Smith-Cote ... and look how that turned out.)
Herman usually submits his opponents, while Scott Smith goes the T(KO) route – interesting clash of styles.
For the developing UFC 72 fight card click here.