The UFC likes to go big with its “Big FOX” fight cards. With UFC on FOX 15 headlined by Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold slated for Saturday in New Jersey, company officials on Tuesday unveiled three big-name bouts for its next Fight Night on FOX.
Joining Dillashaw vs. Barão are a lightweight bout between former champ Anthony Pettis and rising star Myles Jury, as well as a poignant women’s bantamweight battle between Miesha Tate and Jessica Eye.
This marks the third attempt to schedule Barao’s attempt to regain the bantamweight belt from Dillashaw.
Dillashaw won the title from his Brazilian foe at UFC 173 last May of last year. They attempted an immediate rematch in August, but Barão had trouble with his weight cut and dropped out of the fight. They were then slated to meet in the UFC 186 main event next week, but this time Dillashaw had to withdraw due to an injury.
They will now headline the next FOX card in Chicago.
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Pettis is returning after losing his lightweight championship to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185. His opponent, Jury, is also attempting to rebound from having lost for the first time in his career, which was to Donald Cerrone in early January.
The fight between Tate and Eye was already known, although Tuesday’s announcement reconfirms Tate’s April Fools Day prank, in which she joked that she was injured and out of the fight.
The winner of Tate vs. Eye is likely to get a shot at the belt currently wrapped around Ronda Rousey’s waist, although the champ already has her next defense set against Bethe Correia in August.