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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.

Francimar Barroso

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:

  • Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
  • Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
  • Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar
  • Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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