Originally scheduled for April 11 at UFC on ESPN+ 30, Anders (13-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Jotko (21-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) is now being targeted for the UFC’s May 16 event.
A person with knowledge of the situation informed MMA Junkie of the in-the-works booking, but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
The event takes place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The card is expected to stream on ESPN/ESPN+.
Anders (13-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) is riding a wave of momentum stemming from back-to-back victories over Vinicius Moreira in June and Gerald Meerschaert in October. The first of those victories snapped a three-fight losing streak for Anders, who has also recently dabbled in competing at 205 pounds.
Likewise, Jotko (21-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has won both of his most recent outings. After defeating Alen Amedovski in April, Jotko edged a split decision over Marc-Andre Barriault at UFC 240 in July. The Polish middleweight was booked to fight Ian Heinisch in November, but withdrew due to injury.
With the addition, here’s the current UFC lineup for May 16:
- Walt Harris vs. Alistair Overeem
- Eryk Anders vs. Krzysztof Jotko