Dennis Hallman is set to return to the Octagon, though his old shorts will probably be left at home. Announced Friday, verbal agreements are in place for a lightweight bout between Hallman (43-14-2) and John Makdessi (9-0) at UFC 140. MMADiehards.com first reported the news.
Hallman returns to the Octagon after a first-round loss against Brian Ebersole that snapped a two-fight win streak inside the UFC. Though he is lucky to even be receiving another shot. The 35-year-old's skimpy attire at UFC 133 drew the ire of promotional president Dana White, which was only escalated after one of Hallman's kibbles n' bits was briefly exposed to the pay-per-view audience during a brief scramble. The shorts have since been banned from the UFC.
Meanwhile, rising Canadian prospect Makdessi looks to maintain his undefeated record as he fights in front of his native country for the tenth time of his career. Known as "The Bull," the 26-year-old blitzed through his first two opponents inside the Octagon, earning victories over Pat Audinwood and Kyle Watson. The latter of which ended via a highlight-reel third-round spinning backfist that remains on the short list for knockout of the year.
UFC 140 is scheduled for December 10th at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. No headlining bout has been announced.