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17 Apr 2018 by TSZ

MMA Preview – Edson Barboza vs Kevin Lee at UFC Fight Night 128

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 128? Sunday 22nd April, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 128? Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey

What channel is UFC Fight Night 128? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 128? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 128? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Another pair of killer lightweights headline for the third UFC event in a row with Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee looking to put on a show in New Jersey. This is a compelling match-up with elite yet contrasting skills and although they are both coming off a loss, a couple more wins will put them back in title contention.

Barboza is coming off a dominant loss to the recently crowned champion Khabib Nurmagomedov who out-grappled the Brazilian for the entirety of the fight as he was unable to defend the takedown and unleash his devastating striking.

Lee’s loss was less humiliating but was finished by Tony Ferguson with a sublime triangle choke in the third round which snapped a five-fight winning streak.

Both are desperate to bounce back to prove their championship calibre in a contest which will no doubt come down to the striking of Barboza and the grappling of Lee.

THE PREDICTION

Lee has to look at Barboza’a fight with Nurmagomedov as a blueprint for victory. Lee’s wrestling is not quite at the level of Nurmagomedov but to be honest, nobody’s is. Like Barboza, Lee is an athletic beast and feels he will take him down at will but also promises to come into this fight more evolved and may even attempt to trade strikes.

Barboza is aware his best chance of walking away with a win is putting Lee to sleep and with his ferocious striking and array of kicks, he can end the fight in a flash but only if he can keep the distance and avoid the takedowns.

Barboza knows knows he is going to have to start at a quick pace and utilise his energy before Lee initiates the clinch/takedown but five rounds will play into Lee’s favour.

Winner: Lee via Submission

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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