Benito Lopez booked for UFC return after 40 months away from competition

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It’ll be 1212 days in between UFC cage walks for Benito Lopez when he ascends toward the cage for a fight vs. Mario Bautista.

The bantamweight clash has been booked for a yet-to-be-announced Nov. 5 card, scheduled to be a UFC Fight Night event. There is no publicly-known location or venue.

Two people with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie after Bautista’s management, Iridium Sports Agency, posted about it on Twitter.

Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) bookended a loss to Manny Bermudez between wins over Albert Morales and Vince Morales before he entered an injury-induced hiatus that knocked him out of action from July 2019 until his recent reappearance on the UFC schedule.

Bautista (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is coming off back-to-back victories over Jay Perrin and Brian Kelleher. The Kelleher victory was his most recent performance, a 147-second submission.

No other bouts have been announced for the Nov. 5 lineup at this time.

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie