The fight was already scheduled for the card but now the matchup will serve as the five-round headliner in Las Vegas. UFC officials announced the news on Wednesday.
This will be the first time Yusuff has the opportunity to headline a card in the UFC as he looks to build on his current two-fight win streak in the division. After falling to Arnold Allen back in 2021, Yusuff bounced back with wins over Alex Caceres and Don Shainis.
Overall, Yusuff has gone 6-1 in the UFC since joining the promotion by way of Dana White’s Contender Series.
As for Barboza, the 37-year-old Brazilian will return to a main event for the first time since 2019 in a Fight of the Night performance against Justin Gaethje. Barboza has been on a rollercoaster over the last few years after moving to 145 pounds but he dispatched Billy Quarantillo with a vicious knee strike knockout in his most recent outing.
Now Barboza will clash with Yusuff over five rounds at the upcoming UFC Vegas 81 card in October.