At UFC Fight Night 219, Pauga (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who most recently competed at heavyweight, and Wright (12-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC), who most recently competed at middleweight, will square off in a 205-pound bout.
The event takes place Feb. 18 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Two people with knowledge of the booking recently informed MMA Junkie of the matchup but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
Pauga, 34, was a light heavyweight for his entire professional career prior to a heavyweight stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 30” in 2021. After two exhibition wins on the reality series, Pauga was knocked out in the final against Mohammed Usman.
Wright, 31, has not competed at light heavyweight since his UFC debut in August 2020 when he defeated Ike Villanueva. Wright returns to the division on the heels of three straight losses.
With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 219 lineup includes:
Cory Sandhagen vs. Marlon Vera
Gabriel Benitez vs. Jim Miller
William Knight vs. Marcin Prachnio
Erin Blanchfield vs. Taila Santos
Evan Elder vs. Nazim Sadykhov
Benoit Saint-Denis vs. Joe Solecki
Clayton Carpenter vs. Juancamilo Ronderos
Lina Lansberg vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Philipe Lins vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Josh Parisian vs. Jamal Pogues
Zac Pauga vs. Jordan Wright