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Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham Booked for UFC 146 in Las Vegas


(In Brazil, it’s customary to destroy your own cornermen with flying knees after an impressive victory.)

With a flawless 10-0 record, three Fight of the Night awards, and a legendary spinning wheel-kick knockout of Terry Etim in his last performance, Brazilian lightweight Edson Barboza is arguably the greatest undefeated prospect on the UFC’s roster. And he’ll be going for his fifth win in the Octagon on May 26th, when he faces Evan Dunham at UFC 146 in Las Vegas. UFC president Dana White confirmed the pairing yesterday via Twitter.

Dunham, who was a much-hyped undefeated prospect himself at one time, is back on the upswing after compiling back-to-back victories against Shamar Bailey and Nik Lentz, which snapped a two-fight losing streak. Dunham’s biggest advantage against Barboza should be on the mat, but if he can’t get the fight there, he’ll be in for a long, painful night, full of feet flying at his face and shins slamming into his thighs. Anybody think Evan can derail the Edson Barboza hype-train?

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Fletch the V Stretch- February 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm
@ Sopapo - Thanks for catching that. I meant 155 obviously. I just think Hendo is too much for anyone right now. He sets a GUIDA pace but the difference is he is a much more well rounded fighter. I think Frankie will definitely lose this fight. ................ @ Get off me - You aren't the only one who was calling JDS the next best thing. I have been on that wagon a long time. Still am. Wish he could fight Jon Jones and shut that kid up once and for all..... @ XENO - Thanks bro, you da man.
XENOPHON- February 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm
@Get Off Me - "Barao will win 135lbs title" Renan Mota do Nascimento Pegado, known as Renan Barão did get past Scott Jorgensen but to think he is going to walk through Benavidez, Faber, and Cruz..."eye browses raised" ..............................................................................................
Fletch the V Stretch - Good men here all agree with you, add me to that list of late arrivals. Hendo is destined to give Spankie Edgar his coup d'etat. Strange how Bendo could have such competitive and entertaining fights with Cerrone, only later to see Cerrone fall from being a real contender after getting handled by the 209.
ArmFarmer- February 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm
Beating Dunham doesn't put you past gatekeeper, just so ya know. I think Maynard would throttle him. Don't know about silva and sonnen.. he didn't look that great against Bisping. I'm hoping he pulls it off, but we'll see.
Get Off Me- February 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm
@Armfarmer
I'm smoking the choco these days. Waiting for Sonnen/Silva 2, you still thinking Sonnen's gonna win right? Barboza will steamroll Dunham and then you'll see what I'm talking about.
Gatekeeper(3 consecutive FOTN and the rare FOTN/KOTN bonus), these Nova guys have evolved and are too refined from where I'm standing. Watch what happens when Dunham tries to take Barboza down and watch Barboza get fast tracked to a title shot after this fight. DW will drop his "he's in the mix" line at the post fight presser.
ArmFarmer- February 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm
Barboza will never make it past gatekeeper. What are you smoking.
Get Off Me- February 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm
@Fletch&Sopapo
I think Benson may be able to catch up to Frankie and use his size to treat him like he did Jim Miller. Looking at Pettis vs Bendo leads me to believe that if Bendo fights Barboza for the strap, Barboza will be able to thrawt the takedown attempts en route to beating Hendo up on the feet. Just like I called JDS to be champ when everyone was high on Cain, Barboza will be king at 155 when he gets his shot.
Sopapo- February 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm
and im with you about Benson. he is the man, but he needs to win against frankie first
Sopapo- February 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm
@Fletch
155. not 145
Fletch the V Stretch- February 20, 2012 at 10:35 am
I still think Benson Henderson is the man to beat at 145lbs. Dude has incredible submission defense and has a ridiculous pace. I think Frankie is in trouble for sure.
Get Off Me- February 20, 2012 at 9:28 am
I told you all about Barboza a long time ago. I think the landscape of 135-145-155 will be dominated by Brazilian's inside this year if injuries do not play a factor. Barao will win 135lbs title, Aldo will stay king at 145 and Barboza will become 155 champ if he get's his shot inside 2012.
All three fighters have incredible takedown defense to match their talented striking and Barboza will once again demonstrate this against Dunham. It may be a 3rd decision victory for Barboza, but he will put on a clinic as he does in all his fights. Enjoy.
mahlbawlz- February 20, 2012 at 9:06 am
Dunham can definitely derail Barboza- he has the best wrestling out of anybody Barboza has faced. And I don't think Barboza can blitz him the same way Guillard did. Should be a fun scrap.
intercept440- February 20, 2012 at 8:48 am
looks like the trainer is about to recieve a forced flying teabag
Fletch the V Stretch- February 20, 2012 at 8:24 am
I hope Barboza wins. He is an exciting fighter and I generally just like watching him fight more than Dunham.

On another note: I still cant not get over how arrogant Jon Jones is or how terrible Chisora is. HE GLASSED ME!
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