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Nate Diaz Returns in Dec. to Face Johnson

Returning to the Octagon for the first time in a year, fan favorite Nate Diaz will take on the number five-ranked lightweight in the world, Michael "The Menace" Johnson in UFC Fight Night action in Orlando, Florida on December 19.

In the main event at Amway Center, which airs live on FOX, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone challenges for a UFC title for the first time when he battles lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos in a highly-anticipated rematch.

Stockton, California's Diaz, ranked 14th at 155 pounds, has been on the sidelines since a December 2014 loss to current champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Prior to that defeat, Diaz had won four of his previous six bouts, including victories over Donald Cerrone, Takanori Gomi and Gray Maynard.

On the fast track to a lightweight title shot after winning four straight, Florida's Johnson hit a detour earlier this month after losing a highly-controversial three-round split decision to Beneil Dariush. But a decisive win over Diaz will likely put "The Menace" back in the title picture.

Stay tuned to UFC.com for ticket on-sale information and more fight card announcements.

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