Michael Chiesa has a fight on the books for the first time since November 2021.
Friday during “UFC Live,” Chiesa (16-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) announced he will fight Li Jingliang (19-8 MMA, 11-6 UFC) at UFC 287, a pay-per-view event expected for April 8 at a location and venue yet-to-be-determined.
Jingliang, 34, has alternated wins and losses over the span of his past six fights with a 3-3 record. Following a knockout of Muslim Salikhov in July, Jingliang lost a closely-contested split decision against Daniel Rodriguez at UFC 279 in September, a matchup he accepted in less than 48-hour notice.
Chiesa, 35, looks to snap a two-fight skid, which includes losses top competition in Vicente Luque and Sean Brady. The setbacks came, however, after four straight wins, including victories over Carlos Condit, Diego Sanchez, Rafael dos Anjos, and Neil Magny.
With the addition the UFC 287 lineup includes:
Alex Pereira vs. Israel Adesanya – for middleweight title
Gilbert Burns vs. Jorge Masvidal
Kevin Holland vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Christian Rodrigues
Rob Font vs. Adrian Yanez
Michael Chiesa vs. Li Jingliang
Gerald Meeerschaert vs. Joe Pyfer
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Chris Curtis
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Loopy Godinez
Luana Pinheiro vs. Michelle Waterson-Gomez
Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Nikolas Motta
Steve Garcia vs. Shayilan Nuerdanbieke
For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 287.