The promotion is targeting the two fighters for a bantamweight clash at UFC 265, which takes place Aug. 7 at a location and venue that has yet to be announced.
Two people with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the targeted booking to MMA Junkie on Monday but asked to remain anonymous because the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
The original booking was scheduled for April 24 in Jacksonville, Fla., but Simmons (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) withdrew from the fight. Rather than find a replacement to fight Munoz (10-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on short notice, the promotion elected to reschedule the bout.
Both UFC sophomores, Munoz and Simmons will seek their first promotional victories against one another. A KOTC standout, Munoz made his UFC debut in August when he lost a unanimous decision to Nathan Maness. Five weeks later, Simmons lost his debut fight against Giga Chikadze via first-round TKO.
With the addition, UFC 265 now includes:
Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena – for women’s bantamweight title
Vince Morales vs. Drako Rodriguez
Johnny Munoz vs. Jamey Simmons