Barboza vs Gaethje is the main event of UFC on the 30th of March. It’s the lightweight (155 pounds) bout which will take place at Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both lightweights will have a serious confrontation. Review our thoughts on this bout here below.
On the 30th of March, it will be the third time when UFC comes to Philadelphia and the first since UFC 133 in August 2011. In the main event former WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (19-2) will face Edson “Junior” Barboza (20-6). Both fighters fight to the final bell and leave all heart in the Octagon. We believe that it will be an incredible fight.
Edson “Junior” Barboza
Edson Barboza is coming off a TKO win over Dan Hooker back in December. Now he is looking for another win while climbing a ladder to the title shot. Barboza is in UFC for years – he made his UFC debut back in 2010. That is why “Junior” is so experienced fighter who had been in deep waters before. A 33-year-old Brazilian is a very quick and explosive athlete. The striking specialist has very powerful leg kicks which feel like blades to opponents. His kicking arsenal is very flat – Barboza often uses roundhouse kicks, front kicks, wheel kicks, switch kicks. And they come insanely powerful and fast. Brazilian’s ground game isn’t very wonderful, and you won’t see it often in his fights because Barboza likes to fight on his feet. However, he has a quite good takedown and submission defense.
Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje
Justin Gaethje until losses against former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, was unbeaten in the Octagon (18-0). After hard losses “The Highlight” snapped the two-fight losing streak with a performance of the night by knocking out James Vick cold back at UFC Fight Night in last August. Now Gaethje is looking forward to another winning run. Justin Gaethje is an elite brawler, doesn’t fear anyone – he is always ready to fight anyone, anywhere. “The Highlight” leaves all his heart in the Octagon and never gives up, fights till the end. Gaethje loves every second of the fight, he is very aggressive, always puts pressure to his opponents no matter what and tries to finish opponents.
These fighters never met each other in the octagon.
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