Two of the most creative strikers in the UFC lightweight division are set to battle Saturday, and Edson Barboza vows to dominate former champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 197.
Barboza, 10-4 in the UFC with five finishes, scored one of the best knockouts in UFC history in 2012, putting Terry Etim to sleep with a spinning wheel kick. Pettis also scored some impressive stoppages during his 5-3 run in the UFC, and that’s why fans asked for this bout.
“This is the fight that fans always asked for on social media,” Barboza told MMA Fighting. “He’s at the top for a long time, one of the best, a former champion, so people wanted this fight for a long time, and now we will make it happen.”
A win in Las Vegas means a lot for both fighters. Barboza bounced between wins and losses in his last UFC fights, most recently losing to Tony Ferguson via submission, while Pettis enters the bout in a two-fight losing skid following decisions to Rafael dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez.
Barboza, who trained for UFC 197 alongside the likes of Frankie Edgar, Marlon Moraes and Alvarez, plans to move back to the winning column in impressive fashion.
“I see myself dominating the fight. I can’t see it differently. I see myself controlling and dominating the fight,” he said. “I’m a striker too, and that’s where I feel more comfortable. Honestly, I feel comfortable standing against anyone, and it won’t be different against him.
“He’s dangerous, kicks a lot and is very creative, but I’m ready for a MMA fight. If I feel that grappling is better option for me during the fight, I’ll do it. I’m prepared for a MMA fight, but I’m sure I’ll do my best when I get there, ….View full article
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