On the flip side, someone could be in the title hunt at 145 pounds, depending on how well Poirier (14-3) performs in "Sin City." After a disappointing setback against Cub Swanson earlier this year in London, "The Diamond" was as sharp as ever in his next trip to the cage, turning away former division contender Erik Koch at UFC 164.
He's got his hands full in December.
That's because Brandao (18-8) hasn't tasted defeat since getting tripped up by Darren Elkins in his sophomore appearance. Since then, "DB" has rattled off three in a row, including a unanimous decision win over Daniel Pineda at the UFC Fight Night 26 event last month in Boston.