The UFC is targeting a potential bout between former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Michael Chiesa. ESPN’s journalist Brett Okamoto was the first to report that the bout is being targeted for UFC 223 in the Barclays Center, Brooklyn on April 7. According to sources, there has already been a verbal agreement between both parties.
Per sources, UFC is targeting a lightweight bout between Anthony Pettis and Michael Chiesa for UFC 223 on April 7 in Brooklyn.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 31, 2018
Pettis who has lost three of his last five fights is looking to put his loss to Dustin Poirer at UFC Norfolk behind and regain form. Chiesa has announced this past Sunday on his on his twitter that he would be fighting at UFC 223. He last stepped in the Octagon at UFC Oklahoma City’s main event where he lost to Kevin Lee via a rear-naked choke submission. However, referee Mario Yamasaki’s decision was highly criticised as Chiesa never tapped but was considered to have passed out.
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) January 28, 2018
UFC 223 So Far:
Lightweight bout – Tony Ferguson (IC) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – For the Undisputed Championship belt
Women’s Strawweight bout – Rose Namajunas (C) vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk – Rematch for the Championship belt
Women’s Strawweight bout – Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig
Lightweight bout – Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder
Lightweight bout – Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Flyweight bout – Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno