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.