Talented Brazilian lightweight Edson Barboza returns to action on Dec. 14. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The UFC on Fox 9 bill continues to grow rapidly, as UFC officials announced early Thursday that Edson Barboza will collide with Danny Castillo at the Dec. 14 event.
The 155-pound showdown joins a bill headlined by Anthony Pettis’ first defense of his lightweight title, as “Showtime” locks horns with former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson live on Fox’s flagship network. UFC on Fox 9 takes place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., and will also see Urijah Faber take on fellow Californian Michael McDonald in a pivotal bantamweight clash.
Barboza, 27, has won back-to-back fights since suffering his first career defeat at the hands of Jamie Varner last year. The native Brazilian last competed on July 6, when he stopped Rafaello Oliveira with leg kicks at UFC 162. Barboza owns nine of his 12 career victories by form of knockout and has gone the distance just twice in more than four years of competition.
Castillo also rides a two fight winning streak into his UFC on Fox 9 appearance, beginning 2013 with unanimous decision wins over British submission ace Paul Sass and the scrappy Tim Means. “Last Call” has lost just one fight in his last six outings, sustaining a come-from-behind knockout courtesy of Michael Johnson last October.