ESPN was first to report the middleweight booking, which is
expected to be finalized soon. The location for the card has yet to
Costa hasn’t competed since suffering a second-round TKO loss to
Adesanya in a middleweight championship bout at UFC 253 last
September. “Borrachinha” was slated to face Robert
Whittaker on April 17 but was forced to pull out of the bout
due to illness. The 30-year-old Brazilian was victorious in his
first 13 pro outings before falling to Adesanya.
Cannonier was tabbed as a title contender in waiting following a
trio of TKO victories against David
Silva and Jack
Hermansson. That momentum was derailed, however, in a decision
defeat to Whittaker at UFC 254 in October.