Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will make his return to the Octagon in July, but it won't be at the massive UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza in "Sin City."
Instead, the Brazilian will defend his 155-pound title against former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC Fight Night 90, locked and loaded for Thurs., July 7, 2016 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, streaming exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
That's a far cry from a UFC 196 headliner against Conor McGregor, but at least Dos Anjos still gets to be a part of International Fight Week. The following night features The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 23 Finale and then Saturday is the big shebang on PPV.
Dos Anjos (25-7) has not lost since getting outwrestled by Khabib Nurmagomedov in April 2014, but made up for lost ground with a torrid six-fight winning streak that includes three knockout finishes. Alvarez (27-4), meanwhile, shook off a UFC debut loss to Donald Cerrone to win two straight over Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis.
No other bouts have been announced for UFC Fight Night 90 at this time; however, you can expect that to change sooner, rather than later.