The UFC has signed Brazilian jiu-jitsu standout Kron Gracie to an exclusive deal and has booked him against featherweight Alex Caceres at UFC 233 on Jan. 26 in Anaheim, California.
UFC president Dana White broke the news to ESPN on Friday. The UFC 233 pay-per-view will take place at Honda Center.
Gracie (4-0) is a member of the Gracie family and son of the legendary Rickson Gracie. He is an Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) grappling champion and has trained alongside Nick and Nate Diaz.
The 30-year-old submission specialist hasn't fought in MMA since late 2016, when he submitted Tatsuya Kawajiri in Japan under the Rizin Fighting Federation banner.
Caceres (14-11) is coming off a split-decision win against Martin Bravo in July. A UFC veteran since 2011, Caceres is 9-9 in the UFC.
The UFC has not yet announced an official main event for UFC 233. A flyweight title fight between Henry Cejudo and bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has been announced.