A UFC featherweight battle among contenders Ilia Topuria and Edson Barboza is in the early organizing stages for an celebration afterwards this calendar year.
MMA journalist Ariel Helwani initial noted information of the specific reserving.
“UFC is speaking about booking Ilia Topuria vs. Edson Barboza future, I’m informed. Not finalized still!” Helwani wrote in a recent put up on his Substack.
Topuria had to begin with envisioned to encounter adversary Movsar Evloev following, but the UFC is likely in a distinctive path than what Topuria desires. He most recently defeated Jai Herbert by means of 2nd-spherical knockout at UFC London previously this 12 months.
Topuria has competed at featherweight for most of his MMA career but hasn’t dominated out long term bouts at lightweight. He is an undefeated 12- in his qualified career with new wins above Ryan Corridor and Damon Jackson.
Topuria signed with the UFC adhering to spectacular stints in Brave CF and Cage Warriors in 2020.
If the proposed booking arrives to fruition, Topuria will deal with his toughest test from the UFC veteran Barboza. When his featherweight run has appear with blended effects, Barboza has competed towards some of the prime contenders at light-weight and featherweight.
Barboza is hunting to get again in the gain column immediately after back again-to-back again losses to Bryce Mitchell and Giga Chikadze. Ahead of that, he attained back again-to-back wins at featherweight versus Makwan Amirkhani and Shane Burgos.
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