Michael Johnson meets Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 17

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A pivotal lightweight bout has been added to UFC on FOX 17, as top ranked 155-pounder Michael Johnson is set to meet Nate Diaz.

UFC officials announced the matchup on Monday.

Michael Johnson meets Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 17

Johnson is coming off a controversial split decision loss to Beneil Dariush earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 73. Prior to that, he picked up an upset decision win over Edson Barboza.

Diaz is coming off a dominant decision loss to now-champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 13. Before that, he stopped Gray Maynard in late 2013.

The card placement for the bout is unknown at this time.

UFC on FOX 17 takes place live from the Amway Center in Orlando, FL on Dec. 19. In the main event, dos Anjos faces Donald Cerrone for the lightweight belt.

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Nick Baldwin is a 17-year-old mixed martial arts writer. He has covered mixed martial arts since January 2014. The Winnipeg, Man., native is also a co-host of The MMA Circus. Follow him on Twitter @NickBaldwinMMA.

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