Evans, who won the light-heavweught championship previously, dropped down after losing his last two fights at 205 pounds.
Meanwhile, Kelly, a four-time Olympic judoka, has won his last three fights. Evans, however, will be his most high-name opponent yet.
— Daniel Kelly (@DanKellyJudo) February 15, 2017
UFC 209 is scheduled for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Mar. 4. Tyron Woodley defends his welterweight belt against Stephen Thompson in a main event rematch.
The current lineup is:
Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) vs Stephen Thompson (13-1-1)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0-0) vs Tony Ferguson (22-3-0)
Rashad Evans (19-5-1) vs Daniel Kelly (12-1-0)
Alistair Overeem (41-15-0) vs Mark Hunt (12-10-1, 1NC)
Darren Elkins (21-5-0) vs Mirsad Bektic (11-0-0)
Luri Alcantara (33-7-0) vs Luke Sanders (11-0-0)
Tyson Pedro (5-0-0) vs Pul Craig (9-0-0)
Todd Duffee (9-3-0) vs Mark Godbeer (11-3-0)
Igor Pokrajac (28-13-0) vs Ed Herman (23-12-0)
More bouts are expected to be announced.
Tickets go on sale Jan. 20.