A featherweight division matchup between veteran Brazilian striker, the #13 ranked contender, Edson Barboza, and surging undefeated finisher, the #15 ranked contender, Ilia Topuria has been added to a UFC event on October 29. At the time of publication, a location or venue for the event has yet to be determined by the organization.

Nova Friburgo striker, Barboza will make his first Octagon walk since a one-sided unanimous decision loss against Bryce Mitchell at UFC 272 back in March of this year.

As for Ilia Topuria, the streaking German-born finisher managed to turn in a spectacular, one-punch knockout win over recent feature, Jai Herbert in a brief lightweight excursion at UFC London back in March of this year. News of Barboza’s return against Topuria was first reported by Laura Fernandez Bynilla

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Attempting to snap a two-fight losing skid in his Octagon return, Brazilian veteran, Barboza suffered another one-sided third round knockout loss to Georgian kicker, Giga Chikadze back in August of last year.

Boasting a 22-11 professional record, Barboza’s most recent victory came in the form of a stunning third punch knockout win against recent UFC Long Island winner, Shane Burgos at UFC 262 back in May of last year. 

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Barboza’s sole other triumph since his 2020 featherweight run began came in the form of a unanimous decision win over Makwan Amirkhani on ‘Fight Island’ in October of that year.

Ilia Topuria has been touted as a future top contender at featherweight

12-0 as a professional, Ilia Topuria has managed to land four consecutive victories in the UFC since his debut against Youssef Zalal on the same card as Barboza’s win against Amirkhani.

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Before his knockout success against Wolverhampton native, Herbert, the highly-touted, Topuria defeated both Damon Jackson and Ryan Hall with knockout successes at the featherweight limit. 

The UFC event scheduled to take place on October 29. – is yet to also land an official main event slot, as well as an official location, or venue.