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UFC on FOX 20 fight card: Edson Barboza vs Gilbert Melendez full fight preview

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Edson Barboza and Gilbert Melendez will face off this Saturday (July 23, 2016) at UFC on FOX 20 inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois. In a match up of men looking to get into the title mix, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight elites Edson Barboza and Gilbert Melendez will collide this Saturday (July 23, 2016) at UFC on FOX 20 inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Barboza may not be entering this bout on the heels of a win streak, but the Brazilian has looked better than ever inside the Octagon. Coming off the biggest win of his career, Barboza was hoping to finally make his title run.

On the other hand, Melendez is in a strange situation. He’s lost three of his last four bouts, but two of those were title fights and the other was a split decision loss. Following a suspension for testosterone metabolites, Melendez needed to prove that he was still a player at 155 pounds.

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

Edson Barboza
Record: 17-4
Key Wins: Anthony Pettis (UFC 197), Bobby Green (UFC Fight Night 57), Danny Castillo (UFC on FOX 9), Paul Felder (UFC on FOX 16)
Key Losses: Tony Ferguson (TUF 22 Finale), Donald Cerrone (UFC on FOX 11), Michael Johnson (UFC Fight Night 61)
Keys to Victory: Barboza is a vicious Muay Thai striker with some very solid takedown defense. On the whole, Barboza is perhaps the most devastating kicker in the sport, as he’s finished foes with kick to the leg, body, and head.

Melendez may be a very tough and experienced opponent, but Barboza’s game plan should be the same as ever. Working from the outside, Barboza needs to keep his distance and damage Melendez with long kicks ….View full article

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