In the wake of a middleweight shuffle that left Ed Herman (21-9 MMA, 8-5 UFC) without an opponent at UFC 167, Thales Leites (21-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has stepped up to fight.

The onetime middleweight title challenger will meet Herman on the Nov. 16 card, according to "UFC Tonight" and sources close to the promotion, who confirmed the matchup to

UFC 167 takes place Nov. 16 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. It's unknown whether Herman vs. Leites will serve on the FOX Sports 1-televised preliminary card or the Facebook-streamed early prelims