After going well over a year without fighting, UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis is finally set to return to the cage, and will do so against Gilbert Melendez on December 6th. That’s a tough assignment.

As you likely know, the two coached opposite on another on TUF 20, and now the highly regarded fighters will throw down at UFC 181.

In advance of the bout, the UFC has released a “Countdown” show for the fight, which you can watch below.

UFC 181 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The card will also feature welterweight champ Johny Hendricks taking Robbie Lawler, so if you have other plans, cancel them now…