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Eric Wisely returns to the UFC, fights Gilbert Burns at UFC Fort Lauderdale

Eric Wisely (pictured) will fight Brazilian lightweight Gilbert Burns in Fort Lauderdale.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Eric Wisely is back to the UFC.

Seven years after making his last walk to the Octagon, Wisely will return to the eight-sided cage to battle Gilbert Burns at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27, multiple sources told MMA Fighting. Combate first reported the news.

Wisely (33-9-1) went 11-0-1 with seven stoppages since 2015, capped off by a second-round TKO earlier this month in Iowa. Wisely fought twice under the UFC banner in 2012, losing via submission (calf slicer) to Charles Oliveira and a decision to Jason Young.

Burns (14-3), who recently tapped Gleison Tibau in a combat jiu-jitsu match, last fought in the UFC in December, defeating Olivier Aubin-Mercier via decision. “Durinho” won three out of his last four in the UFC, including knockouts over Jason Saggo and Dan Moret.

UFC’s return to Florida will be headlined by a rematch between middleweights Yoel Romero and Ronaldo Souza. The event takes place at the BB&T Center arena and airs on ESPN.

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