After more than a year away from the Octagon, Brad Tavares will make his UFC return in October.

The Hawaii native will take on Ian Heinisch at UFC Fight Night Singapore on October 26th. Tavares (17-5, 12-5 UFC) hasn’t fought since a decision loss to current-interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in July 2018. 

During that fight, Tavares suffered a broken arm and had an arduous journey with recovery as the bone took over a year to properly heal.

“I’m stoked,” Tavares told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello. “Honestly I was in that little grey area, almost kind of worried like, ‘is my arm ever gonna be feeling the way it used to be?’ My arm, ever since the surgery and the break is feeling great now. (I’m very, very excited. I wish I didn’t have to go through all that stuff but I guess you go through what you go through.

Heinisch (13-2, 2-1 UFC) recently lost to Derek Brunson at UFC 231 by decision less than two weeks ago.