Joe Soto vs. Anthony Birchak booked for UFC Fight Night 68 in New Orleans

A bantamweight bout that was scheduled to take place last year has been rebooked for UFC Fight Night 68 in New Orleans as Joe Soto will meet Anthony Birchak.

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The fight booking was announced by the UFC on Wednesday evening.

UFC Fight Night 68 will come from the Smoothie King Center on June 6 and will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout as former title challenger Daniel Cormier meets Ryan Bader.

Soto (15-3) was slated to meet Birchak at UFC 177, but he was moved to the main event of the fight card on weigh-in day to challenge T.J. Dillashaw for the bantamweight title. He would be defeated by knockout in the fifth round and the defeat snapped a six fight winning streak.

Birchak (11-2) enters this fight following a defeat to Ian Entwistle at UFC on FOX 13 in December. The defeat snapped a five fight winning streak and both of his career defeats have come by submission.

The current UFC Fight Night 68: Cormier vs. Bader fight card is below.

Daniel Cormier (15-1) vs. Ryan Bader (19-4)
Matt Mitrione (9-3) vs. Ben Rothwell (34-9)
Tim Boetsch (18-8) vs. Dan Henderson (30-13)
Joe Proctor (10-3) vs. Justin Edwards (8-4)
Derrick Lewis (12-3, 1NC) vs. Shawn Jordan (17-8)
Alan Jouban (11-3) vs. Brian Ebersole (51-16-1, 1NC)
Daniel Sarafian (9-5) vs. Ricardo Abreu (5-0)
Joe Soto (15-3) vs. Anthony Birchak (11-2)