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It was announced on UFC Tonight that a lightweight fight between Edson Barboza and Anthony Pettis has been slated for UFC 197 in Las Vegas.
UFC 197: Cormier vs. Jones 2 will be held on April 23, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pettis (18-4 MMA) is riding the first two fight losing skid of his MMA career. Losing his title to current champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185 via unanimous decision, ‘Showtime’ would go on to lose a split decision to former Bellator champion Eddie Alverez at UFC Fight Night in Boston earlier this year.
Barboza (16-4 MMA) will come into this fight off the back of two ‘Fight of the Night’ performances. A unanimous decision win over Paul Felder at UFC on FOX 16 was followed by a submission loss to Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December.
With this fight announcement, UFC 197 now looks like this:
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Jon Jones
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Henry Cejudo
Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza
Yair Rodríguez vs. Andre Fili
Robert Whittaker vs. Rafael Natal
Jessica Aguilar vs. Juliana Lima
Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Clint Hester
Glaico França vs. James Vick