A previously booked matchup between Mike Jackson and Dean Barry has found a new home in UFC’s May 1st lineup. The pairing was first reported by MMA DNA earlier in the week.
The fight joins a UFC “Fight Night” event that does not have a confirmed location at the moment.
The bout between Jackson and Barry was originally scheduled for a January 20th UFC card, although it was removed from the lineup on short notice.
The fight will be Barry’s UFC debut. He currently holds a pro record of three stoppage victories and one loss heading into the fight. His last bout was in September, where he defeated Abdulla Al Bousheiri within a round on a UAE Warriors card.
Jackson makes his return to action after a few years outside of the cage. In a rare occurrence for the UFC, the promotion hosted the pro debut of Jackson in 2016. Jackson lost the fight to Mickey Gall, who picked up a first-round submission for his second win as a pro.
Jackson returned in 2018 to fight former WWE wrestler CM Punk. The controversial fight saw Jackson control Punk on his way to a unanimous decision win.
UFC President Dana White was mad about Jackson’s win afterwards, claiming “it never looked like he was trying to finish the fight ever.” White also went on to claim that fight would be “it” for Jackson in the UFC.
The fight joins an event that does not have a main event confirmed currently. Here are the bouts that have been reported for it so far.
Bout 3: TJ Laramie (12-4) vs. Damon Jackson (18-4-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 2: Kai Kamaka III (8-3) vs. TJ Brown (14-8) (Featherweight)
Bout 1: Mike Jackson (1-1) vs. Dean Barry (3-1) (Welterweight)