A highly-ranked middleweight bout between Darren Till and Jack Hermansson will headline a UFC Fight Night on Dec. 5, pending medical clearance on Till's left knee.
Both sides have agreed to the matchup, per sources, and early signs indicate Till should be ready to go. The 27-year-old tore his MCL during a narrow decision loss to Robert Whittaker last month, but has avoided surgery. Once official, the 185-pound contest will headline UFC Fight Night at a location to be determined.
A former welterweight title challenger, Till (18-3-1) has proven he belongs among the top middleweights in the world through two fights in the division. He defeated former title challenger Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision in his 185-pound debut last November. Last month, his five-round main event against a former champion in Whittaker went down to the wire.
Fighting out of Liverpool, Till is 6-3-1 overall in the UFC.
Hermansson (21-5) is coming off a first-round submission win over Gastelum on July 18. The Swedish middleweight was on the cusp of title contention last year after winning six of seven before he suffered a TKO loss to the surging Jared Cannonier.
Hermansson has recorded finishes in six of his eight UFC victories.