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Sean Strickland vs. Jared Cannonier re-booked for UFC Fight Night on Dec. 17

Sean Strickland and Jared Cannonier will try again later this year.

A clash between the two middleweight contenders has been rescheduled for a UFC Fight Night event on Dec. 17, MMA Fighting confirmed Tuesday following an initial report from Helen Yee. Strickland and Cannonier were originally scheduled to tangle on October 15, but the fight was postponed due to a finger infection Strickland suffered.

Both Cannonier (15-6) and Strickland (25-4) are ranked middleweight on the MMA Fighting World Rankings, with Cannonier ranked at No. 4 and Strickland at No. 11.

Both veterans are looking to bounce back from setbacks suffered at UFC 276 by the men currently in contention for the UFC middleweight title. Cannonier lost a one-sided decision to UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, while Strickland suffered a brutal first-round knockout loss to former GLORY two-division champion Alex Pereira.

Both middleweights were enjoying quality UFC runs ahead of UFC 276, with Cannonier winning five of his previous six UFC bouts and Strickland riding a six-fight winning streak.

The venue for the December 17 event has yet to be made official. The show marks the final UFC Fight Night event of 2022.

Mike Heck contributed to this report.