FightNetwork.com has confirmed recent speculation that a welterweight bout between Roan Carneiro (11-6) and Tony DeSouza (10-3) is in the works for UFC 79 on December 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here's a snip from DeSouza:
"My last fight made me very hungry to get back in the game. I am looking forward to my return."
The 33-year-old Desouza is a UFC veteran who made his Octagon debut back in 2001, compiling a respectable record along the way (3-2). He is a Brazilian jiu-jistu wiz who now trains with BJ Penn in Hilo, Hawaii (he was also Penn's assistant grappling coach on season five of The Ultimate Fighter).
DeSouza is looking for redemption after being on the wrong end of a Thiago Alves beatdown at UFC 66 in December 2006.
Carneiro -- a Brazilian Top Team member who recently relocated to Atlanta -- is also very skilled on the ground. "Jucao" has one win inside the Octagon against Rich Clementi (unanimous decision) at UFC Fight Night 9 in April and one loss (rear naked choke) to Jon Fitch two months later at UFC Fight Night 10.
To check out the latest rumored UFC 79 fight card click here.
Note: John Hackleman -- the trainer for former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell -- indicated once again in an interview with FightHype.com that the "Iceman" will more than likely finally clash with Wanderlei Silva on the New Year's Eve weekend card.