The UFC’s return to Boston in January continues to build with the addition of a new light heavyweight bout.
Gian Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) will take on Brazil’s Francimar Barroso (19-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at UFC 220. The booking was reported by Newsday on Villante’s Long Island home base, though UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement.
UFC 220 takes place Jan. 20 at TD Garden in Boston. It airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Villante needs to snap a two-fight skid. In July in front of his home fans, he dropped a split decision to Patrick Cummins. In March in Brazil, he was stopped with a third-round TKO by former champion Mauricio Rua.
Villante’s UFC run has been up and down since he came over following the merger with Strikeforce. He’s had one two-fight winning streak over his 11-fight run, and his current slide is his first losing skid with the promotion.
Barroso will be trying to get back on track, as well. In September, he dropped a unanimous decision to Aleksandar Rakic in the Netherlands. Prior to that, he had a pair of fights with Darren Stewart. In the first outing, he dropped a TKO in Brazil – but that loss was overturned to a no-contest due to an accidental headbutt leading to the finish. In March, he took a decision from Stewart in their rematch in London.
With the addition, the latest UFC 220 lineup includes: