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UFC 197 results recap: Anthony Pettis vs Edson Barboza fight review and analysis

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Last night (Sat., April 23, 2016), Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza went to war at UFC 197 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In an exciting scrap, Barboza earned the decision win. Find out how below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight strikers Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza last night (April 23, 2016) at UFC 197 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For the first time in his career, Pettis was coming off a pair of consecutive losses. The former champion really needed this victory, as it would push him back into the immediate title mix.

Similarly, this was a must-win bout for the Muay Thai veteran as well. Barboza had consistently fallen in his opportunities to topple the Lightweight elite, but this was another opportunity to buck that trend.

He was successful in that goal and scored the most important win of his career.

The two kickboxers took the center of the cage and immediately began feinting and looking for openings. Neither fighter was too aggressive early, as they understood how dangerous skill of the other man inside the Octagon.

After some tentative exchanges, Barboza began to land hard first. While he wasn’t able to land any of his kicks cleanly, Barboza was definitely landing the better punches. In particular, Barboza’s left hook was landing cleanly and may have stunned his opponent at one point.

The Brazilian undoubtedly took the opening round.

Pettis opened the round with some more wild attacks, but Barboza scored more cleanly with his basic inside low kick and the aforementioned left hook. Still, most the exchanges were rather even, as both men were doing their best to stay defensively tight and avoid getting blasted.

On the whole, the second round was far closer than the first. While Barboza was more effective with his hands and seemed to ….View full article

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