Anthony Pettis and Michael Chiesa have a new date for their enticing Lightweight matchup.
The ranked Lightweight competitors will fight at UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas. The bout was confirmed by MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani
The bout was originally scheduled for UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York. However, the bout was scrapped after Chiesa suffered facial lacerations from window glass after Conor McGregor throw a dolly through the window of a van carrying Chiesa and several other fighters from the a media day at Barclays Center on April 5.
McGregor was booked on three charges of assault and one of criminal mischief in the attack. Chiesa has since filed legal action as well on McGregor. The case and lawsuit are still ongoing.
Chiesa (14-3, 7-3 in UFC) has not competed since UFC Fight Night 112 last Summer in a main event losing effort to Kevin Lee. The loss snapped a three-fight winning streak though the fight result caused contraversy as Chiesa argues that he never actually tapped from the rear naked choke. Despite this, the referee awarded Lee the victory. Of Chiesa’s seven Octagon wins, five are by way of submission.
Pettis (20-7) will be looking to also brush off a career down slide when he returns to the cage. The former Lightweight champion is 2-5 in his last seven with his only wins coming against Jim Miller and Charles Oliveira. Pettis most recently faced Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night 120 last Fall.
UFC 226 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena and will be headlined by UFC Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and reigning Light Heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier.