UFC 279 adds Chris Barnett vs. Jake Collier heavyweight clash

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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.


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  • 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