Etim, who needed just seventeen seconds to return to lightweight prominence with a win over Eddie Faaloloto, has already signed on to face Edson Barbzoa at UFC 142, which is expected to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 14th.
Etim (15-3) scored his fourth “Submission of the Night” bonus on Saturday with a first round guillotine choke of Faaloloto. A native Englishman, Etim has only fought once in the United States during his nine fight UFC career that dates back to 2007. He has fought at events in England, Germany, Abu Dhabi, and will now visit Brazil.
The eighteen month layoff began after a loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 112 in April 2010, as Etim took time off to recover from a broken rib, which caused him to pull out of a scheduled fight with Joe Lauzon at UFC 118 in August 2010.
Meanwhile, Edson Barboza (8-0) will be fighting for the second consecutive time in his home country of Brazil. The Muay Thai practitioner is undefeated in his MMA career, which includes wins over Anthony Njokuani and Ross Pearson in his last two UFC fights.
While Barboza hails from Rio de Janeiro, this will be just his second fight in his hometown during his career. Prior to UFC 134, Barboza fought exclusively in the United States.
Other announced matchups for UFC 142 include Jose Aldo defending his featherweight title against Chad Mendes, Anthony Johnson moving up to middleweight to take on Vitor Belfort, and another lightweight battle with Sam Stout taking on Thiago Tavares.
Pictured: Edson Barboza