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Barboza is the man who dealt Paul Felder
the first loss of his career. For the latter, it’s payback time as
he runs it back with the former on Sept. 7 at UFC
242. Rest assured that Barboza will do everything in his power
to thwart his rival’s payback plan. Before these tough lightweights
lay their hands on each other, here are some numbers that might
just define their upcoming encounter.
After outstriking James Vick in
his last outing, Paul Felder
broke into the top 10 of the lightweight division. This after a
bloody scuffle with Mike Perry
for which the split decision went in his opponent’s favor.
Meanwhile, Barboza has been inconsistent in his last few bouts.
After mounting three straight wins, he lost to Khabib
Nurmagomedov and Kevin Lee,
after which he beat Dan Hooker
but then dropped his last fight to Justin
Gaethje. Despite his inconsistency, he is still ranked seventh
Longest winning streak
Barboza and Felder started their respective careers on a high note,
going undefeated in their first 10 bouts. For Barboza, four of
those victories came in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with
the vanquished including the likes of Mike Lullo,
Pearson and Terry Etim.
For Felder, only two out of those first 10 triumphs happened inside
the Octagon – he defeated Jason Saggo
Castillo – and it was Barboza who ended his winning streak.
Wins by knockout
Both fighters are excellent strikers with highlight reel knockouts.
This is especially true for Barboza, who is widely regarded as one
of the best kickers in the game. His spinning wheel kick finish of
Etim is one to behold, and the Englishman is just one of his many
casualties. He currently has 12 KOs or TKOs, which accounts for 60
percent of his victories. Other notable victims on his resume are
Dunham, Dan Hooker
For his part, Felder owns a well-placed spinning heel kick stoppage
Johnson just before he joined the UFC. A dynamic striker in his
own right, Felder makes good use of his elbows, most evident in his
fights with Alessandro
Ricci, Steven Ray
Oliveira. His wins by KO and TKO now total to 10. And with 16
career wins, he registers a 63 percent knockout rate.
Wins by submission
They may rely heavily on their standup games, but Barboza and
Felder have good submissions in their arsenals, as well. Barboza is
a brown belt under Ricardo
Almeida, and early in his career he notched an anaconda choke
finish. Felder, on the other hand, is a purple belt under Daniel
Gracie, and he managed to tap Daron
Cruickshank with a rear-naked choke at UFC Fight Night 81. Both
Felder and Barboza have yet to earn a second win by tapout.