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Barboza gets Makdessi at UFC 162

Franklin McNeil, ESPN.com
April 13, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Fast-rising lightweight Edson Barboza and hard-hitting John Makdessi will meet on July 6 at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, the promotion officially announced on Friday.

Barboza (11-1) returns to action after handing Lucas Martins his first professional loss on January 19 with an opening-round submission. The win came nearly 10 months after Barboza tasted his first defeat.

An impressive victory over Makdessi likely will land Barboza a top-10 lightweight ranking.

Makdessi seeks his third consecutive win. In his most recent outing, at UFC 158 on March 16, he beat Daron Cruickshank by unanimous decision - improving to 11-2.

Middleweight champion Anderson Silva puts his title on the line against top contender Chris Weidman in the UFC 162 main event. It will be Silva's first title defence in a year-- he beat Chael Sonnen by second-round TKO at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Silva ventured to light-heavyweight for a short-notice bout against Stephen Bonnar at UFC 153 in October 2012. He finished Bonnar by first-round TKO.

Weidman (9-0) returns to action for the first time since July 11, when he stopped then-top middleweight contender Mark Munoz in the first round. He later suffered a shoulder injury during a training session.

Written by Franklin McNeil. This article originally appeared on ESPN.com

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