Sodiq Yusuff returns to action in October as he takes on Edson Barboza on UFC Fight Night in Enterprise, Nevada.
Yusuff is looking for a third straight victory, while veteran Barboza comes into the contest after a Performance Of The Night display in a first round stoppage of Billy Quarantillo in his last outing.
|What||Sodiq Yusuff v Edson Barboza|
|Where||UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada|
|When||04:00, Sunday 15th October 2023 (TBC)|
|How to watch||TNT Sports 3 (TBC)|
Sodiq Yusuff v Edson Barboza is due to take place on Saturday 14th October in Enterprise, Nevada. For viewers in the UK, the event will take place in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 15th.
The main card is due to begin at around 7pm ET in the USA, meaning the undercard should start at midnight for UK-based fans. The main event of Sodiq Yusuff v Edson Barboza should start at around 4am on Sunday 15th October 2023.
This contest will take place at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise in the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada.
The events and productions center is operated and owned by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is located across the street from the UFC Performance Institute, which serves as the company headquarters.
The Apex hosts studio shows as well as live events and there have been 12 UFC Vegas shows already in 2023 at the venue, the most recent of which was a clash between Rafael dos Anjos and Vicente Luque in August.
Yes. Sodiq Yusuff v Edson Barboza will be broadcast in the UK by TNT Sports and is expected to be shown on TNT Sport 3.
No. There are no titles on the line in this featherweight match-up.
Yusuff has six wins and one defeat since joining the UFC via Dana White’s Contender Series. The 30-year-old has a 13-2 overall record in Mixed Martial Arts.
Yusuff has three UFC victories by decision, two by TKO and one by submission. ‘Super’ was last seen in October of last year as he claimed a first-round victory over Don Shainis with a guillotine choke submission on the undercard of Yan Xiaonan’s decision win over Mackenzie Dern.
The Lagos-born fighter’s sole defeat in UFC came at the hands of Arnold Allen in 2021 at UFC on ABC 2 as he lost via unanimous decision.
Yusuff has shown plenty of promise since joining the UFC but is yet to fight for a title and is currently ranked as the #11 featherweight, and he will be hoping a win over Barboza will put him in contention to challenge for a belt.
Barboza used to compete in the lightweight division but moved to featherweight in 2020 and has gone 3-3 in six appearances since dropping down in weight.
The 37-year-old has a 23-11 overall record in Mixed Martial Arts, including six wins before he joined UFC, which means he is 17-11 in the organisation.
The Brazilian has fought some of the biggest names in UFC and has defeats to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje on his record, with Yusuff featuring on the undercard of Barboza’s loss to Gaethje in 2019.
Barboza lost four of his final five lightweight bouts and then suffered a split-decision defeat to Dan Ige on his featherweight debut.
He was last in action in April as he responded to back-to-back losses with a first-round stoppage win over Billy Quarantillo in a display that earned him the Performance of the Night.
There are four other fights on the card and Jennifer Maia has replaced Casey O’Neill to take on Viviane Araujo in a women's flyweight bout.
Jonathan Martinez will come up against Adrian Yanez in a bantamweight battle, there is a Middleweight showdown between Marc-Andre Barriault and Michel Pereira, and the opening bout of the night is a flyweight clash between David Dvorak and the unbeaten Tatsuro Taira.