Paulo Costa vs. Jared Cannonier booked as UFC Fight Night headliner on Aug. 21

Middleweight competitors will clash in August when Paulo Costa handles Jared Cannonier.

Costa (13-1 Mixed Martial Arts, 5-1 UFC) and Cannonier (13-5 Mixed Martial Arts, 6-5 UFC) have actually accepted a five-round middleweight headliner for UFC Battle Night on Aug. 21. The occasion does not have actually a revealed place or place.

Mixed Martial Arts Addict confirmed the reservation with an individual near the circumstance after UFC president Dana White revealed it to transmit partner ESPN on Wednesday.

Costa, No. 3 in the current U.S.A. TODAY Sports/MMA Addict middleweight rankings, will go back to the octagon for the very first time because disappointing the title versus Israel Adesanya by second-round TKO at UFC 253 in September. It was his very first defeat as an expert. He was expected to deal with Robert Whittaker in April, however withdrew due to injury.

No. 4-ranked Cannonier, on the other hand, is coming off a unanimous choice loss to Whittaker at the UFC 254 in October. His defeat snapped a three-fight winning streak, and he suffered an arm injury in the bout that’s kept him sidelined because.

The most recent lineup for UFC Battle Night on Aug. 21 consists of:

  • Paulo Costa vs. Jared Cannonier

  • Fabio Cherant vs. William Knight

  • Austin Hubbard vs. Vinc Pichel

  • Alexandre Pantoja vs. Brandon Royval

  • Austin Terminology vs. Luis Saldana

  • Parker Porter vs. Chase Sherman

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.