Well so much for Edson Barboza leaving the UFC. In fact, not only will he still fight in the UFC, but he’s changing weight classes.
Today Combate reported that there is a featherweight bout in the works for UFC Oklahoma City between Barboza and Josh Emmett.
This news comes just days after Barboza publicly asked to be released from the promotion.
Barboza (20-8) has been on a tough stretch as of late, going 1-4 in his last five fights. In his defense, a lot of his recent losses have come at the hands of top UFC lightweight contenders. His last win came against Dan Hooker in December 2018. Hooker is currently ranked No. 5 in the lightweight rankings.
Emmett (15-2) has won two straight and four of his past five fights. His last three wins have come by way of knockout.
UFC Oklahoma City will take place on May 2 and the event will be headlined by Jack Hermansson and former middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
UFC on ESPN+ 32 fight card:
Chris Weidman vs. Jack Hermansson – 185 lbs
Cláudia Gadelha vs. Marina Rodriguez – 115 lbs
Andrei Arlovski vs. Philipe Lins – 265 lbs
Ryan Hall vs. Ricardo Lamas – 145 lbs
Diego Ferreira vs. Drew Dober – 155 lbs
Josh Emmett vs. Edson Barboza – 145 lbs
Sarah Alpar vs. Vanessa Melo – 135 lbs
Da Un Jung vs. Ed Herman – 205 lbs
Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa – 145 lbs
Alonzo Menifield vs. Devin Clark – 205 lbs