UFC 142 Fight Card Primer: Edson Barboza Vs. Terry Etim

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Sparks are sure to fly in the opening bout on PPV. On one side of the cage you have an undefeated Brazilian Muay Thai machine. On the other side, you have a Brit with a great ground game, and some Muay Thai skills as well. Edson Barboza (9-0, 3-0 UFC) meets Terry Etim (15-3, 6-3 UFC).

Neither fighter is currently ranked in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, but both could be on the doorstep with a win here. This will only be Etim's second fight since a long layoff, so it'll be a little tougher for him than Barboza, who would be 4-0 in the UFC with a win. This lightweight UFC 142 fight will be the first fight of the main card, and will be aired live on pay-per-view. The PPV broadcast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

How do these two stack up?

Barboza: 25 years old | 5'11" | 75" reach
Etim: 26 years old | 6'1" | 73" reach

What have these two done recently?

Barboza: W - Ross Pearson (SD) | W - Anthony Njokuani (UD) | W - Mike Lullo (TKO)
Etim: W - Edward Faaloloto (SUB) | L - Rafael dos Anjos (SUB) | W - Shannon Gugerty (SUB)

How did these two get here?

Edson Barboza has put together a flawless record thus far, with 9 wins in his career. A Muay Thai specialist with a number of Brazilian Muay Thai titles under his belt, his UFC debut came last year at UFC 123. There, he defeated Mike Lullo in very impressive fashion, stopping him with brutal leg kicks. He's followed that up with a 2nd UFC victory, defeating Anthony Njokuani at UFC 128, again in a very impressive, striking based performance. His third fight with Ross Pearson was a lot closer, but he pulled out a split decision win. Barboza has a lot of potential and he's definitely a fun fighter to watch.

Terry Etim entered the UFC way back in 2007 after nine straight wins on the English regional circuit. After a shaky 1-2 start, he busted out four wins in a row, including one over fellow UFC 142 fighter Sam Stout. A loss to tough challenger Rafael dos Anjos was a major setback for Etim, and injuries set him back even further. After 19 months out of the cage, he finally returned at UFC 138 and picked up one of the fastest submission victories in UFC history with his 18-second guillotine win over Eddie Faaloloto. He has won four submission of the night bonuses in the UFC, and will be looking for another against the striker.

Why should you care?

If you like watching technical striking, you should be in for a treat.

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