The UFC announced two more fights Tuesday for the mixed martial arts organization’s return to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, and they both have ties to New Jersey.
The main event for the UFC Fight Night card that takes place April 21 will feature lightweights Edson Barboza (19-5) vs. Kevin Lee (16-4).
Barboza, the No. 4 ranked lightweight, is from Brazil, but trains in New Jersey with Toms River native Frankie Edgar.
Barboza has 11 wins by knockout, with seven of them coming in the first round.
Barboza has also fought several times in New Jersey-based Ring of Combat, which frequently holds cards at the Tropicana Atlantic City.
Lee, from Detroit, is ranked No. 7 and has five first-round finishes.
Another one of the featured bouts on the card includes Sparta native Jim Miller (28-11, 1 no contest) against Dan Hooker (16-7) of Auckland, New Zealand.
Miller fought Donald Cerrone at the former Revel in Atlantic City on July 16, 2014. Cerrone beat him with a knockout in the second round.
Miller has 14 wins by submission and four by knockout. His older brother Dan was a former UFC middleweight fighter. The two started Miller Brothers Mixed Martial Arts training gym in Sparta.
The other bouts featured on the card include:
In a middleweight bout, No. 8 ranked David Branch vs. No. 15 Thiago Santos. Branch is 21-4, while Santos is 17-5;
A heavyweight bout between No. 8 ranked Corey Anderson (10-4) and No. 10 Patrick Cummins (10-4).
A middleweight fight between No. 8 ranked David Branch (21-4) and No. 15 Thiago Santos (17-5)
No. 9 bantamweight Aljamain Sterling (14-3) vs. No. 14 Brett Johns (15-0).
This is the first time UFC has been at Boardwalk Hall since June 2005 for UFC 53: Heavy Hitters. UFC’s last fight card in Atlantic City was July 2014 at the former Revel.
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority announced the fight card Feb. 1 as part of a $4 million agreement with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment/IMG to bring “destination events” to Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center.