The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Philadelphia this weekend for the first time since 2011, when Tito Ortiz fought Rashad Evans at UFC 133 at the Wells Fargo Center.
This time around it’s a “Fight Night,” event, live at The Center on ESPN and unfortunately sandwiched into a window that will overlap with a Phillies home game and a Sixers road game.
“But that’s okay!” as Joe Cordell once said. There are some interesting fights on different portions of the card, so even if you only catch a fight here or there, you’re bound to see something intriguing.
Main Event: Edson Barboza (#6) vs. Justin Gaethje (#8) – lightweight
Should be a total war between two guys who recently ended losing streaks with solid wins.
Gaethje is 19-2 and coming off an August victory over James Vick. That was a bounce back for him after a couple of outrageous battles against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. Barboza recently took out Dan Hooker with body shots after a couple of lopsided losses against Kevin Lee and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Barboza and Gaethje are both stand-up fighters with violent tendencies, guys who throw crazy shots and hit pretty damn hard.