Lightweights Edson Barboza (9-0, 3-0 UFC) and Terry Etim (15-3, 6-3 UFC) meet on the pay-per-view portion of UFC 142 tonight at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is a highly anticipated match between two young fighters who are on the verge of contention.
Barboza, a veteran Muay Thai kickboxer with over 25 pro kickboxing bouts, has won Fight of the Night awards in his last two outings. He's an exciting fighter with a crowd pleasing style heavy on the spinning attacks and painful leg kicks.
Etim, a rangy Liverpudlian who's won 5 of his last 6 fights, will be looking to force the fight to the ground where his grappling skills can make a difference. He's got 12 submission wins and a truly nasty guillotine choke that might be his best chance to beat Barboza.
Personally as much as I regard Etim as a real talent, I think he'll have a hard time forcing the fight to the ground and Barboza's striking will just be too much for him on the feet.
|Thai Clinch||Mean||1||Very Good||Barboza|
|Ground and Pound||Alright||1||Good||Etim|
|Intangibles||Brazilian||1||Far From Home||Barboza|
|Overall||Limited But Dangerous||7/5||Tough Brit||Barboza|
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