A lightweight bout between former UFC champion Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza has officially been added to UFC 197. The bout was initially reported Wednesday on UFC Tonight.

Pettis (18-3), also a former WEC champion, will be looking to get back into win column after dropping a decision to former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 81 in January. Prior to this loss, “Showtime” saw reigning champion Rafael dos Anjos walk away his belt at UFC 185 in March. Pettis previously defended his 155-pound title with a second round submission over former Stikeforce, WEC & Dream champion Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181, earning a Performance of the Night bonus in the process. This win only marked his first title defense.

Barboza (16-4) will also be looking to right the ship after suffering a second round submission loss to Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December. “Junior” previously emerged victorious over Paul Felder with a very entertaining unanimous decision in July. He will enter this bout with 11 career stoppage wins, including nine by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 10-3.

UFC 197 is currently scheduled to take place on April 23 in Las Vegas. A light heavyweight title fight between champion Daniel Cormier and former champ Jon Jones will serve as the headlining act. In the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson puts his flyweight title on the line against former Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo.

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