3. Pettis vs Barboza
This is gonna be a fun one. Anthony “Showtime” Pettis has recently been on a decline after dropping the UFC lightweight Championship to Rafael dos Anjos, and getting grinded out by No.2-ranked lightweight Eddie Alvarez in his next fight at UFC Fight Night 81 earlier this year.
Pettis (18-4) is looking to bounce back into the title hunt with a win over another flashy knockout striker in Edson Barboza. You may know Barboza (16-4) from his highlight reel spinning kick knockout of Terry Etim at UFC 142. Barboza recently faced Paul Felder in Chicago back in February, in which the two men put on a striking palooza that Joe Rogan described as “a Muay Thai fight with MMA gloves”.
Barboza would go on to win the bout via unanimous decision. Following that, Barboza suffered a loss of his own against Tony Ferguson via D’arce choke in the second round. With both fighters coming off losses, these two are looking to get a win to jump back into the contenders conversation.
Barboza possesses some great stand-up and unique striking techniques, while Pettis’ submission game and dynamic attacking style makes this one an interesting fight to watch. Pettis wants to climb his way back up the ladder to potentially rematch Rafael dos Anjos for the title he lost back in March of last year. This one has all the ingredients to produce a show-stealing spectacle that’ll leave MMA fans talking for years to come.