The Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed the match-up on Tuesday via their website.
A BJJ black belt under Master Lloyd Irvin, Easton has long been considered one of the top prospects in the 135-pound division and has won his last five bouts.
However, Easton has not fought since his controversial decision win over Chase Beebe at UWC 7 on Oct. 2009, and was sidelined throughout 2010 and the first part of 2011 due to an elbow injury and subsequent surgeries.
Hougland made his UFC debut with a unanimous decision win over Donny Walker at UFC 132 earlier this month. He has won his last nine fights in a row.
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Also, be sure to check out Mike Eason’s interview and what he had to say about Urijah Faber when he was a guest on the Afternoon Press Box radio show a couple months ago. If Easton gets past Hougland, an Easton vs. Faber match-up could be quite entertaining.