UFC Philadelphia Main Event Preview
This weekend on Saturday 03-30-19 from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the UFC presents UFC Philadelphia on ESPN 2. This weekends card sees Karolina Kowalkiewicz take on Michelle Waterson, Josh Emmet goes head to head with Micheal Johnson, and for the main event Edson Barboza (20-6-0) will clash with Justin Gaethje (19-2-0) in what should be a fight of nonstop pressure, each fighter has what it takes to make fireworks explode in the main event, so don’t blink.
Edson Barboza is a Brazilian lightweight contender fighting out of Nova Friburgo, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, known as a striker, Barboza is known for his brutal kicks that close gaps to set up lethal striking combinations. Barboza began training Muay Thai by the age of 8 and would go on to have a staggering 25-3 with a total of 22 knockouts, 17 of which were all in the first round while competing in professional Kickboxing.
Edson made his professional Mixed Martial Arts debut in 2009, fighting under the Renaissance MMA promotion, Barboza would go on to win his fight bout by TKO in the first round and go on to become Renaissance lightweight Champion and then go on to become Ring of Combats lightweight Champion as well before signing to the UFC in 2010. His first fight in the UFC ended in a dominant fashion by TKO via leg kicks in the 3rd round against Mike Lullo, adding him to a small list of competitors that have ended bouts via leg kicks in the UFC. Barboza has a total of 12 KOs and is coming off of a recent victory against Dan Hooker by a 3rd round TKO with shots to the body.
Justin Gaethje is an NCAA Division 1 All-American wrestler, born in Safford, Arizona, fighting out of Arvada, Colorado, Gaethje is someone to not take lightly. Although Gaethje has a superior wrestling background that’s not what he is known for in his Mixed Martial Arts career, as he has carried out some gruesome battles with his always moving forward pressure fighting style. Gaethje started wrestling at the age of 4 and would go on to be two-time Arizona Champion while wrestling in High School. He would go on to wrestle for the University of Northern Colorado where he would place 7th in the 2010 NCAA Championship.
Gaethje would embark on his professional Mixed Martial Arts career in 2011 where he would go on to win the bout in the very first round by KO from a slam. Gaethje would fight under the World Series of Fighting promotion becoming a WSOF Lightweight Champion and gaining an impressive resume before vacating the title and joining the UFC in 2017. After joining the UFC Gaethje would go on to face Micheal Johnson winning in the second round via TKO which would go on to earn him Fight of the night and Performance of the night. Gaethje has a total of 16 knockouts and is coming off of a win off of James Vick from a first round KO.
With both fighters being extremely lethal with their striking, do not expect this one to be left up to the judges.
Your friendly neighborhood MMA enthusiast.