Originally meant for Gaethje’s UFC debut, Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje was noted as a distinctly intriguing competition considering that it was first possible. Gaethje’s design was questioned upon his entry right into the UFC; a glutton for punishment with a fumbling pedigree he just uses for maintaining the battle on the feet, Gaethje’s very first battle with the promotion protested a top-5 light-weight and an unrelenting style competition for him. One “Deal With Of The Year” later, Gaethje was verified to be UFC-level, as he sank Michael Johnson with his rate in round 2. Gaethje has actually gone 2-2 in the UFC, but his losses have actually been to the absolute cream of the crop in brutal and draining pipes contests; he seeks to require Barboza through the same type of battle, as well as a win would certainly enable him to reintroduce himself as a properly elite rival.
Edson Barboza’s position is a whole lot murkier. He’s off a definitive sway then-# 14 Dan Hooker, but it really did not do much except to persuade people that Hooker wasn’t all set for the elite; as outstanding as that win was, Barboza was still the same fighter that had actually lost hugely unbalanced spells to Khabib Nurmagomedov as well as Kevin Lee in his two previous fights. Barboza will have a very tough roadway to leading contendership, considering his losses to Nurmagomedov and to Tony Ferguson; the fight against Gaethje is mainly simply to keep from falling better into defined gatekeeping, and possibly come along to his game against an opponent that seems poised to manipulate his greatest weaknesses.
155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje
185 lbs.: David Branch vs. Jack Hermansson
145 lbs.: Josh Emmett vs. Michael Johnson
115 lbs.: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Michelle Waterson
205 lbs.: Paul Craig vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
145 lbs.: Sheymon Moraes vs. Sodiq Yusuff