An exciting matchup between two top lightweight contenders in Edson Barboza and Evan Dunham has been added to UFC 146, which is set to take place on May 26th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both are off to an impressive start in 2012, with each one earning a victory in January. UFC President Dana White announced the matchup today on Twitter.
Barboza (10-0) scored an early favorite for knockout of the year with his spinning wheel kick of Terry Etim at UFC 142 in Brazil. The Brazilian Muay-Thai practitioner is 4-0 in the UFC, which includes wins over the aforementioned Etim, along with Ross Pearson and Anthony Njokuani. In four career UFC fights, Barboza has already won four bonuses, including three consecutive “Fight of the Night” winning performances.
Dunham (13-2) also started his UFC career with four consecutive victories, and is also coming off of a “Fight of the Night” performance, which he earned in his unanimous decision victory over Nik Lentz at UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago. After suffering two consecutive losses following an 11-0 start to his career, Dunham has won two consecutive fights. This will be his first fight on pay-per-view since his loss to Sean Sherk at UFC 119 in September 2010, which was the first of the Oregonian’s career.
UFC 146 is expected to be headlined by a UFC heavyweight championship tilt between champion Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem.
One other matchup was announced over the weekend, with former The Ultimate Fighter season 7 runner-up C.B. Dollaway taking on The Ultimate Fighter season 14 head coach Jason “Mayhem” Miller in a middleweight matchup.
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