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Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza will duel this Saturday (April 23, 2016) at UFC 197 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a match up of stellar strikers, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight kickboxers Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza will hunt for the knockout this Saturday (April 23, 2016) at UFC 197 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For the first time in his entire career, Pettis has lost back-to-back fights. He’s at a bit of a crossroads, as “Showtime” needs to return to win column here or go back the drawing board entirely. While Barboza hasn’t been able to string together any win streaks worthy of a title shot, the Brazilian has proven himself one of the best in the world. Facing off with a fellow elite striker, this is Barboza’s opportunity to make a statement.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both men:

Anthony Pettis
Record: 18-4
Key Wins: Benson Henderson (UFC 164, WEC 53), Gilbert Melendez (UFC 181), Donald Cerrone (UFC on FOX 6)
Key Losses: Rafael dos Anjos (UFC 185), Eddie Alvarez (UFC Fight Night 81), Clay Guida (TUF 13 Finale)
Keys to Victory: Pettis is a stellar Taekwondoe striker with great submission grappling as well. Between those two dynamic skills and his opportunistic instincts, Pettis has finished 15 of his prior opponents.

He’s definitely looking to add to that total here.

In this bout, Pettis doesn’t really have to worry about the takedown for the first time in a long time. In his last bout, Pettis had a real issue with hesitating to throw his strikes due to the threat of the shot.

Since he doesn’t have that weighing on his mind, Pettis needs to make sure that he’s throwing more ….View full article

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