Holbrook has been forced to drop out due to an undisclosed injury, and due to the short notice, the UFC has moved Barberena in to face Northcutt. Barberena is a former lightweight who was scheduled to fight Jonavin Webb next month at UFC Fight Night 82. As a result, Northcutt-Barberena will be contested at 170.
So, that’s an interesting twist to Northcutt’s next bout, and it will be interesting to see how the prospect does against the rugged “Bam Bam”. Since arriving in the UFC, Northcutt (7-0) has gone 2-0, while Barberena (10-3) is 1-1 in the Octagon.
UFC on FOX 18 will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.