Edson Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira booked for UFC 162 on July 6 with John Makdessi hurt

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

After last year's setback against Jamie Varner, Edson Barboza looks to get back on track and get himself into title contention, starting with a win over the rough-and-tumble Rafaello Oliveira as part of the UFC 162 event in July.

Flashy lightweight striker Edson Barboza is back in action this summer as he locks horns with Rafaello Oliveira -- who steps in for the injured John Makdessi -- at the upcoming UFC 162 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Sat., July 6, 2013, at the MGM Grand Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

MMA Fighting brought word of the line-up change earlier today.

Barboza (11-1) saw his rise to superstardom halted by grizzled veteran Jamie Varner at last year's UFC 146 event over the Memorial Day Weekend; however, the Brazilian was able to right the ship and get back into the win column by obliterating Lucas Martins earlier this year at UFC on FX 7.

Slowly but sure he's working his way back into the "mix."

Standing in his way is Oliveira (16-5), who overcame back-to-back losses during his 2011 fight campaign to register a unanimous decision win over Yoislandy Izquierdo at UFC 148 last summer in Las Vegas. "Tractor" has nine finishes in 16 wins.

See you in "Sin City."

UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" is headlined by a middleweight championship contest as top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter and longtime 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva puts his title on the line against undefeated "All American" Chris Weidman.

Former lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar is back at 145 pounds to challenge jiu-jitsu ace Charles Oliveira, while streaking featherweight contender Cub Swanson tries to bang it out with German kickboxer Dennis Siver.

For the latest UFC 162 news and notes check out our complete event archive right here. To check out the latest "Silva vs. Weidman" fight card and rumors click here.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.