Edson Barboza and Chico Camus picked up wins on the main card of UFC Fight Night 57, but went about it in very different ways. While Brad Pickett gave Camus everything he could handle, Bobby Green employed a rather strange gameplan against Barboza and the Brazilian coasted to a wide decision victory.
Camus, who was making his debut at flyweight, broke Pickett's nose in the first round of their bout. Pickett looked to wrestle and got Camus down once for a while, but the Mikwaukee native stepped up his takedown defense and largely fended off Pickett's wrestling for the rest of the fight. Camus employed a gameplan that looked a lot like Dominick Cruz, dancing away and changing stances a lot. He got caught with a few counters, but did enough to pick up two rounds on two scorecards for a split decision win. The scores were 29-28, 27-30, and 29-28.
Barboza is one of the best strikers in the lightweight division and it was thought that Green's grappling-heavy ways might give him some trouble. That was not the case. Green stayed at range for the whole fight and while he tried to shake off Barboza's offense as not damaging, he clearly got nailed a few times and briefly went down from a spinning kick in the second round. Green was able to turn it up a bit in the third as Barboza started to cruise a bit, but it wasn't enough to even win that round, much less the fight. Barboza picked up a unanimous decision victory with three 30-27 scores.
Barboza improved to 9-2 in the UFC, while Green suffered his first loss in the octagon.