clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Edson Barboza vs Gilbert Melendez possible for UFC on FOX 20 in July

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Edson Barboza recently disposed of one former lightweight champion, thanks to a unanimous decision win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 197 back in April, and now he'll have a chance to eliminate another.

The Brazilian is expected to throw hands with former Strikeforce 155-pound titleholder Gilbert Melendez at the upcoming UFC on FOX 20 event, penciled in for United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Sat., July 20, 2016.

That's according to a recent report from Globo (via MMA Fighting).

Barboza (17-4) is just 2-2 since beating Bobby Green back in 2014; however, he's in a much better spot than Melendez, at least in terms of career trajectory. "El Nino" (22-5) is coming off back-to-back losses and had to spend a year on the sidelines after flunking his UFC 188 drug test.

This is a very important fight for the longtime member of the "Skrap Pack."

For much more on UFC on FOX 20, which also features Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev and George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina, click here.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Mania Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Mania