MMA Preview – Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder 2 at UFC 242

THE FACTS

When is UFC 242? Saturday 7th September, 2019 - 15:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 242? The Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

What channel is UFC 242 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 242? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 242? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Paul Felder flies out to Abu Dhabi for redemption and to avenge the first loss of his career inflicted by Edson Barboza. The Brazilian out-struck Felder to earn a thrilling decision and nobody is disappointed to see these warriors rematch especially as they have been strategically placed on this card so they can serve as a back-up if Khabib Nurmagomedov or Dustin Poirier drop out of their lightweight title fight.

Their fight back in 2015 was a technical war. Barboza had more class on the night, serving up more damage, but Felder displayed his toughness by eating every leg kick and punch as well as a spinning wheel kick to the crown jewels.

Since, Barboza has gone 4-4 and Felder 6-3. Barboza enjoyed vintage knockouts over Beneil Dariush and Dan Hooker but has fought killer after killer with losses to Tony Ferguson, Nurmagomedov Kevin Lee and Justin Gaethje; who delivered a hellacious knockout in his last fight.

Felder has only lost once in his last five which includes his most impressive performance against Charles Oliveira. However, he then lost a split decision to Mike Perry, but to take Perry to a split decision with a badly broken arm was an achievement and he followed up that performance with a unanimous decision over James Vick in his last fight.

Highlights of their 2015 encounter:

THE PREDICTION

This is likely to be a similar battle to their first meeting and a showcase of devastating Muay Thai. However, expect to see more finely tuned versions with Felder better prepared for Barboza’s thunderous leg kicks which may provoke him to look for a takedown.

Felder is extremely strong and as we saw in his fight with Oliveira, his grappling is underrated which has been Barboza’s only chink in his armour. However, as soon as Barboza unleashes his ferocious striking arsenal, expect Felder to get angry and respond with his own.

As good as Felder's striking is, it is essential he closes the distance by clinching up to nullify Barboza's strengths and hurt the Brazilian with his nasty elbows. However, this is likely to turn into another war on the feet and as Barboza is even more powerful, quicker and has the best kicks in the game the only factor that will prevent a finish is Felder’s toughness.

Winner: Barboza via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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