Multiple outlets reported the matchup, including ESPN.com.
The contest is currently still under discussion and not a done
deal. If the pairing is finalized, Gaethje and Barboza would square
off at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on March 30. The card
will air on ESPN.
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” has established
himself as appointment viewing in each fight whether he wins or
losses due to his entertaining style. Gaethje is coming off a
first-round knockout of James Vick at
UFC Fight Night 135 on Aug. 25.
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.