A rising grappler, touted as a future Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star, will headline the outfit's first show in Singapore.
Belgian Tarec Saffiedine will make his Octagon debut against hard-hitting fan favourite Jake Ellenberger at Marina Bay Sands on Jan 4.
This is among 10 bouts - mainly featuring promising Asian fighters - lined up for the United States-based company's inaugural live event in South-east Asia.
The eyes of the mixed martial arts world will be on 27-year-old Saffiedine, fresh from a four-fight win streak that earned him the Strikeforce welterweight title before that outfit closed.
"I'm super-excited about my UFC debut and can't wait to show the fans what I am capable of," said the Brussels native who was born to a Lebanese father and Belgian mother.
Saffiedine, a Brazilian jiujitsu purple-belt holder who boasts a 14-3 win-loss record, is seen as a potential challenger to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who has not lost in six years.
But he will have to first get past Ellenberger (29-7 record), who is nicknamed The Juggernaut for his deadly right hook.
The 28-year-old American, who was with Saffiedine at a press conference at MBS yesterday, said: "It's an honour to be part of UFC's first Singapore event - it's up to me to prove what you guys have been missing so far."
That, however, will come at a price.