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Atlantic City Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2018 Print/Save Page


Kate Bielunas

UFC® returns to Atlantic City, N.J. with an action-packed card, headlined by a thrilling lightweight contenders’ bout between No.4-ranked Edson Barboza and No.7 Kevin Lee. UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BARBOZA vs LEE takes place Saturday, April 21 from Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and will air live on FS1. The event comes as a result of a partnership between Endeavor and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) for four events, one being UFC.  

A dangerous Muay Thai striker, Barboza (19-5, fighting out of Toms River, N.J. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) aims to continue his ascent up the 155-pound rankings. Known for his spectacular knockouts, Barboza holds impressive victories over Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis and Beneil Dariush. His stunning spinning heel kick KO win against Terry Etim has remained a fixture in UFC highlight reels. Barboza now looks to return to the win column following a gutsy loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in December.  

Standing in his way is Lee (16-4, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.), who is gunning for another opportunity at UFC gold. During his run, ‘The Motown Phenom’ has picked up sensational victories over Michael Chiesa, Francisco Trinaldo and Jake Matthews. As charismatic outside the Octagon® as he is skilled inside it, Lee came close to capturing the interim lightweight championship last October. He now plans to use Barboza as a stepping stone back into the title mix. 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BARBOZA vs LEE will also feature a clash between talented wrestlers and light heavyweight contenders, as New Jersey resident and No.9-ranked Corey Anderson looks to blow the roof off Boardwalk Hall when he meets No. 10 Patrick Cummins.  

A NCAA Division III wrestler with heavy ground-and-pound, Anderson (10-4, fighting out of Robbinsville, N.J.) looks to kick off 2018 with a dominant victory. Over the course of his UFC stint, he’s delivered impressive wins against Sean O’Connell, Fabio Maldonado and Jan Błachowicz. Anderson now aims to get back on track and resume his run up the 205-pound rankings.  

Following a strong 2017, Cummins (10-4, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) is gunning for his third consecutive win. The NCAA Division I wrestler has bested Gian Villante, Jan Błachowicz and Rafael Cavalcante during his UFC tenure. Cummins is now poised to build on his momentum and make a dash towards the light heavyweight title picture.


Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No. 8-ranked middleweight contender David Branch (21-4, fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y.) takes on No.11 Thiago Santos (17-5, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Gritty grappler Ryan LaFlare (13-2, fighting out of Farmingdale, N.Y.) meets power puncher Alex Garcia (15-4, fighting out of Montreal, Canada by way of Santiago, Dominican Republic)
  • No. 8-ranked bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling (14-3, fighting out of Uniondale, N.Y.) returns against unbeaten No.14 Brett Johns (15-0, fighting out of Swansea, Wales)
  • New Jersey native and submission ace Jim Miller (28-11 1NC, fighting out of Sparta, N.J.) locks horns with surging Dan Hooker (16-7, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Magomed Bibulatov (14-1, fighting out of Grozny, Russia) takes on Ulka Sasaki (20-5-2, fighting out of Shizuoka, Japan)
  • Siyar Bahadurzada (23-6-1, fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands) goes for another big finish when he meets Luan Chagas (15-2-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil)
  • Tony Martin (12-4, fighting out of Boston, Mass.) moves up to welterweight to face tough grappler Keita Nakamura (33-8-2 1NC, fighting out of Tokyo, Japan)
  • In his sophomore UFC outing, Merab Dvalishvili (7-3, fighting out of Long Island, N.Y. by way of Tbilisi, Georgia) squares off with Augusto Mendes (6-2, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • No. 10-ranked women’s bantamweight contender Leslie Smith (10-7-1, fighting out of Pleasant Hill, Calif.) looks for her third straight win against No. 11 and undefeated Aspen Ladd (6-0, fighting out of El Dorado Hills, Calif.)


For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit All bouts live and subject to change. 

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.  

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BARBOZA vs LEE will air live on FS1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 21, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Doors open at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.  

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BARBOZA vs LEE go on sale Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $150, $120, $100, $80, $70, $60 and $50 (does not include fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. ET via the website A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, March 8 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through


About UFC®
UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2018, UFC boasts more than 278 million fans worldwide and has produced over 400 events in 21 countries since its inception in 1993. Acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment and fashion leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG), together with strategic partners Silver Lake Partners and KKR, UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas with a network of employees around the world. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe, while programming is broadcast in over 163 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 35 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit and follow UFC at, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.


Press Contact for UFC:
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Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center are owned and funded by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Spectra by Comcast Spectacor provides both Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality to Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center.


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About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)

The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984.  Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City.  CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center.  In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit Follow us on Twitter at

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