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Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim added to UFC 142 in Brazil

Onion2011-11-11 15:18:56 +0000 #1

This will be a ****ing awesome fight.

UFC president Dana White revealed this past weekend that Terry Etim (15-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) would make a quick return to the octagon.

Today, UFC executives announced it will be against Edson Barboza (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

The two lightweight scrappers meet in Brazil at UFC 142, which takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.

Etim fought at this past weekend's UFC 138 event in Birmingham, England, where the Liverpool native downed Edward Faaloloto in just 17 seconds. After rocking Faaloloto on the feet, Etim latched on to a guillotine choke and earned the evening's "Submission of the Night" award.

The $70,000 bonus was likely much appreciated by Etim, who was fighting for the first time in nearly 19 months.

Meanwhile, Barboza fights for the first time since a win over Ross Pearson at UFC 134, which also took place in Rio de Janeiro. A two-time "Fight of the Night" winner, Barboza is undefeated since turning pro in April 2009.

The positioning of the Barboza vs. Etim matchup on the UFC 142 card was not revealed.

BulldogWrestler2011-11-11 15:21:20 +0000 #2
GREAT matchup.

I like this fight a lot.

I'd lean towards Etim - but it's pretty much a toss up imo.
RedStorm2011-11-11 15:36:17 +0000 #3
Barboza by KO
Dream2011-11-11 16:30:01 +0000 #4
Great match up for sure, but I see Barboza taking this.
krazo1012011-11-11 16:53:12 +0000 #5
Etim should take this farely easily. Unless Barboza has this crazy ground game that he's somehow kept secret from everyone, I see Etim taking him down and snatching an arm.
OnyxShadow2011-11-11 16:42:20 +0000 #6
They really wanna throw Etim in deep water after the easy fight he just got I suppose.

Between the threat Barboza presents with his striking and the defensive wrestling I've already seen from him I think he can keep the majority of this fight standing. Etim will probably find a way to bring him down at some point and take one round, but I think Barboza keeps himself on his feet and punishes Etim for most of 3 rounds to win a UD.

On another note, I find it harder and harder to justify predicting submission wins. Even the best grapplers are having trouble ending fights through that means these day against credible opponents. Just look at Maia. To predict that Etim is going to easily sub a guy that's never been subbed and rarely taken down seems...flawed.



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