Anthony Pettis Vs Michael Chiesa Targeted For UFC 223

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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.

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.

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

 

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