Barboza (13-2) made his UFC debut in November 2010 and reeled off four consecutive wins inside the Octagon, including a highlight-reel wheel-kick knockout of Terry Etim at UFC 142. The 28-year-old had his undefeated record and 10-fight winning streak snapped at UFC 146, suffering a knockout loss to former WEC champion Jamie Varner.
The Brazilian rebounded from his first career loss by stringing together a three-fight winning streak. He hopes to bounce back from his second career loss in his last outing against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone when he faces Dunham in Atlantic City. In his nine UFC bouts, Barboza has won four Fight of the Night awards and a Knockout of the Night bonus.
Dunham (14-5) is on a two-fight losing streak. He made his promotional debut in January 2009 and won his first four fights in the organization. He quickly rose through the ranks, but has struggled when facing fighters at the top of the division. He was scheduled to face Mark Bocek at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale on April 16, but was forced out of the fight due to injury. Like Barboza, Dunham is coming off a loss to Cerrone in his last outing.
UFC Fight Night 45: Cerrone vs. Miller takes place at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City on July 16. A lightweight match-up between UFC veterans Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Jim Miller headlines the event.