Siler today announced via Twitter that he’s signed a bout agreement for the fight.
UFC 159 takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card, including a headliner between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Siler vs. Hettes, which initially was expected to take place this past June at UFC on FX 4 before Hettes was forced off the card with an injury, likely will be part of the prelims.
Silver, a semifinalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 14,” won his first three UFC fights, including decision wins over Josh Clopton and Cole Miller, as well as a submission victory over Joey Gambino. However, in his most recent bout, he suffered a decision loss to Darren Elkins to UFC 154.
Hettes, meanwhile, opened his career with a 10-0 mark, which included UFC wins over Alex Caceres and Nam Phan (he also won his first nine fights via submission). However, the Pennsylvania-based fighter then suffered a decision loss to Marcus Brimage back in September, which marks his most recent appearance.
The latest UFC 159 card includes:
- Champ Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen – for light-heavyweight title
- Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping
- Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
- Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller
- Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson
- Nick Catone vs. James Head
- Jimy Hettes vs. Steven Siler
- Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor
- Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros