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Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson targeted for UFC 264

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Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson could soon battle with their spots in the welterweight rankings on the line.

MMA Fighting confirmed with sources with knowledge of the matchup that the two top contenders have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 264 on July 10. A location is still to be determined for the pay-per-view event.

ESPN was first to report the matchup, citing UFC President Dana White.

This will be Burns’ first fight since seeing a six-fight win streak snapped by a TKO loss to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC 258 in February. Burns (19-4) rattled off four impressive victories after moving up from 155 pounds to earn the title shot, including wins over former champion Tyron Woodley and two-time UFC title challenger Demian Maia.

Thompson (16-4-1) has twice challenged for the UFC welterweight championship. He fought then-champion Woodley to a majority draw at UFC 205 and then lost a majority decision to Woodley in an immediate rematch at UFC 209. “Wonderboy” is coming off of back-to-back decision victories over Geoff Neal and Vicente Luque.