Lima (15-7 MMA, 4-5 UFC) and Muhammad (17-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), originally booked to fight in December, now will meet at UFC 258 next month. Muhammad revealed the new date while a guest on The Anik & Florian Podcast hosted by lead UFC play-by-play voice Jon Anik and former UFC fighter Kenny Florian, though the UFC has not yet made a formal announcement.
UFC 258 takes place Feb. 13, and while a location has not yet been announced, it is likely to go down at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims expected for ESPN and ESPN+.
In late October, Sean Brady was forced out of the UFC’s Dec. 19 card and Lima took his place against Muhammad. But in the week leading up to UFC Fight Night 183, Muhammad tested positive for COVID-19 and the fight was scrapped to be picked up at a later date.
Muhammad has won seven of his past eight fights, including wins over Tim Means, Takashi Sato and, most recently, Lyman Good at UFC on ESPN 11 in June. Lima has won three straight, but hasn’t fought since a win over Luke Jumeau at UFC 243 in October 2019. He was scheduled to face Alex Morono at UFC 247 in February 2020, but was forced out due to a neck injury that required surgery.
With the addition, the UFC 258 card now includes:
Champ Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns – for welterweight title
Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman
Ian Heinisch vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Maycee Barber vs. Alexa Grasso
Gabe Green vs. Phil Rowe
Dhiego Lima vs. Belal Muhammadc