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A top-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight tilt is finding its way to a headliner near you in May.
Late Thursday night, ESPN announced that Rob Font (18-4) would be squaring off with Cody Garbrandt (12-3) for major bantamweight divisional implications atop the UFC Fight Night event on May 22. The card does not yet have a destination or venue set, and it is unclear if the promotion will continue to use the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., following its trip there for UFC 261 in April.
Font has surged since a decision loss to Raphael Assuncao in 2018, taking two decisions over Sergio Pettis and Ricky Simon before smashing Marlon Moraes at the end of 2020. Boston native Font started out his UFC tenure with stoppages in each of his five wins, including blistering knockouts of George Roop and Thomas Almeida on the way up the division. Font is currently riding the lengthiest win streak of his UFC career.
Garbrandt made his last appearance a memorable one, taking on perennial contender Assuncao and wiping him out with one punch in June 2020. The one-shot knockout, which would otherwise have been in contention for “Knockout of the Year,” fell short to Joaquin Buckley’s spectacular spinning back kick of Impa Kasanganay. The victory for the former champ snapped a three-fight knockout loss skid, where he lost his belt to T.J. Dillashaw, failed to win it back in a rematch, and was blasted by Pedro Munhoz in 2019. “No Love” has competed just once per year since 2017.
The UFC Fight Night card on May 22 will take place at an undisclosed location with a headliner pitting Font against Garbrandt. Additional major bouts on the event include a potential women’s strawweight title eliminator match between Xiaonan Yan and Carla Esparza, while Felicia Spencer and Danyelle Wolf may compete in the final women’s featherweight bout if former title challenger Megan Anderson’s claim is accurate.