Tom Breese will return to the Octagon on June 5 against Antonio Arroyo as he hopes to bounce back in 2021.
The Englishman was arrested on Fight Island in January via a triangle of arms against Omari Akhmedov to stop some of the momentum behind him.
Breese, from Birmingham, won the ‘Performance of the Night’ award against KB Bhullar with a brilliant first round knockout in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2020.
Although he couldn’t finish this with another victory in the middleweight division, the 29-year-old has the opportunity to secure a morale-boosting victory that would see him propel the standings up again in the division. 185lbs.
Arroyo (9-3) is also coming off a loss after losing a unanimous decision to Deron Winn in December.
The Brazilian is likely to stand alongside Breese, who will play in the hands of the master of jiu-jitsu after recent improvements to his strike.
In addition to the knockout against Bhullar last year, Breese told talkSPORT he is working with coach Anthony Joshua in a bid to make him even more lethal with his hands.
“One of the coaches is Joby Clayton, he trains Anthony Joshua, the heavyweight champion,” he said.
“By training with him I learned a lot and gained an understanding of my hitting and I was also with a top Greco-Roman wrestling coach.