Following a big win in early July over Elias Theodorou, UFC middleweight contender and Hilo native Brad Tavares will be back in the octagon this fall.
Tavares has inked a contract to fight 12th-ranked Thales Leites (27-7, 12-6 UFC) at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas.
“I’m very happy and excited to get this fight,” Tavares told KHON2 Sports Tuesday. “Thales and I were supposed to fight last year, but it was canceled due to injury. Not to mention, it’s in Vegas!”
The 29-year-old, who currently resides in Las Vegas, is 15-4 in his MMA career with a two-fight winning streak.