Both fighters have verbally agreed to the matchup, although it
hasn’t been formally announced by the Las Vegas-based promotion.
ESPN.com first reported the booking on Tuesday. UFC 223 takes
place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7 and is
headlined by a lightweight title bout between interim champion
Ferguson and Khabib
After a 1-1 stint at featherweight, Pettis returned to 155 pounds
at UFC 213, where he captured a unanimous verdict over veteran
Miller. The former champion wasn’t as successful in his most
recent outing, however, as he suffered a third-round submission
loss against Dustin
Poirier at UFC Fight Night 120.
Chiesa saw a three-bout winning streak come to an end at UFC Fight
Night 112, when he was submitted in the opening round by Kevin Lee on
June 25. The Sikjitsu representative is 7-3 during his tenure with
the Las Vegas-based promotion.