Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje Official as UFC on ESPN 2 Headliner in Philadelphia
By: Tristen Critchfield Jan 22, 2019
A previously rumored lightweight clash between Edson
Barboza and Justin
Gaethje is now official as the headliner for the Ultimate
Fighting Championship’s second card on ESPN network.
The Las Vegas-based promotion confirmed the lightweight matchup on
Tuesday. UFC on ESPN 2 takes place at the Wells Fargo Center in
Philadelphia on March 30 and is also expected to include a
strawweight clash between Karolina
Kowalkiewicz and Michelle
Barboza has compiled a 14-6 mark in the Octagon since beginning his
promotional tenure in 2010. The Brazilian last competed at UFC on
Fox 31, where he authored a devastating beatdown of Dan Hooker en
route to a third-round knockout victory.
Gaethje, the former World Series of Fighting lightweight champion,
has gone 2-2 in UFC competition after beginning his professional
career with 17 consecutive wins. “The Highlight” is coming off a
first-round knockout of James Vick at
UFC Fight Night 135 on Aug. 25.