Former UFC fighter Brian Houston will step back inside the cage this August, returning to his MMA home in Omaha against an opponent yet to be named for Victory Fighting Championship.

The card, VFC 43, is set for August 2 from the Ralston Events Center.

“I am just happy to be competing again,” said Houston, in an interview with FightLine. “Having a date helps with the training morale. Now, I’m working towards a night of fun.

“I’ve been training for a long time and I’m excited to show what I’ve learned.”

Houston (4-2) fought all three of his amateur bouts, and his pro debut, for VFC. He went 2-1 as an amateur and defeated Josh Heath in 2012 after turning pro. He returned in 2013 for the promotion, finishing Jett Jones in the first round.

That presented Houston with a shot in the UFC. He signed with the promotion in 2013 and lost via submission to Derek Brunson after stepping in on short notice. After a split decision loss to Trevor Smith, Houston returned to the regional circuits to better his trade.

“Competing in Omaha is like the icing on the cake,” he said. “It’s where it all started, so I’m always happy to get to fight there.

“I miss Omaha and to come and get paid to do what I do is always a win.”

Houston, a member of American Top Team in Florida, had signed to fight in the state recently, but his opponent was unable to make it to the card and the fight was cancelled.

Houston was a college football and track standout. He played indoor football in Omaha before embarking on a career in MMA full-time.