Reyes is scheduled to go head-to-head with Ulberg on January 20th in Toronto, Canada. The news of this matchup was unveiled during the UFC 295 pay-per-view broadcast over the weekend.
Reyes, who last pushed Jon Jones to the edge in their title fight at UFC 247 in February 2020, has struggled in the octagon. The 33-year-old has suffered four straight defeats, including stoppage losses to Jan Blachowicz, Jiri Prochazka, and most recently Ryan Spann in November 2022.
Reyes will be hopeful that spending the entirety of 2023 on the side-lines will allow him to rediscover his early career form, where he secured impressive victories over the likes of Chris Weidman, Volkan Oezdemir, and Jared Cannonier.
Conversely, Ulberg is rocketing on an upward career trajectory. The City Kickboxing prospect rebounded from his UFC debut loss to Kennedy Nzechukwu with five-straights wins, culminating in a third-round submission of Da-Un Jung at UFC 293.
This crossroads bout holds significant implications for the 205lb division. A win for Ulberg over the 13th-ranked Reyes would propel the Kiwi into the official UFC rankings for the first time, placing him within touching distance of a shot at the newly crowned Light Heavyweight champion, Alex Pereira. On the other hand, a victory for Reyes against a feared upcoming prospect would reaffirm his status as an elite contender.