Anthony Pettis set to face Edson Barboza at UFC 197
<p>Another intriguing bout <a href="http://www.ufc.com/news/Pettis-vs-Barboza-On-for-April-23">has been added to UFC 197</a> in Las Vegas.</p>
<p>#8 ranked Edson Barboza will take on former UFC champion Anthony Pettis in a lightweight bout on April 23. The card will be headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. In the co-main event, Henry Cejudo will take on Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title.</p>
<p>Pettis (18-4) lost his belt to current lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 185 last year. Prior to that, he was on a 5-fight winning streak, which includes his first-round submission victory over Benson Henderson to win the title. In his last fight, he dropped a split-decision to Eddie Alvarez in what many thought was an uneventful bout.</p>
<p>Edson Barboza (16-4) has won 3 of his last 5 fights, two of which earned a Fight of the Night bonus. Last summer, he came out victorious over Paul Felder in a 3-round, action-packed fight. Most recently, he took a short notice bout against #4 ranked Tony Ferguson. After a closely contested first round, Ferguson ended up catching Barboza in a D’arce choke to win the bout.</p>
<p>UFC 197 will take place on April 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.