Big boys will battle at UFC 279 as heavyweights Chris Barnett and Jake Collier will throw down in a three-round clash as part of the Sept. 10 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
A person with knowledge of the booking confirmed the matchup Tuesday to MMA Junkie after it appeared on UFC broadcast partner ESPN‘s online MMA schedule.
Barnett (22-8 MMA, 1-2 UFC), 36, made his UFC debut in 2021 after 12 years of competition in smaller circuits around the world. After a loss to Ben Rothwell in his promotional debut, Barnett turned some heads when he finished Gian Villante with a wheel kick and punches. He returned in April and lost a technical decision to Martin Buday.
Collier (13-7 MMA, 5-6 UFC), 33, has alternated wins and losses across three weight classes since his UFC debut in 2014. At heavyweight, Collier has gone 2-3 with wins over Gian Villante and Chase Sherman. He most recently competed in April when he lost a controversial split decision to Andrei Arlovski.
With the addition, the UFC 279 lineup includes:
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Jailton Almeida
Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf
Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson
Denis Tiuliulin vs. Jamie Pickett
Heili Alateng vs. Chad Anheliger
Melissa Martinez vs. Elise Reed
Ion Cutelaba vs. Johnny Walker
Chris Barnett vs. Jake Collier
Miguel Baeza vs. Yohan Lainesse