When the UFC heads to the Lone Star State for UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson on Saturday, November, 22, 2014, the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX will be rocking when lightweights Edson Barboza and Bobby Green step into the Octagon for the co-main event.

Winner of his last eight bouts, Green is one of the hottest fighters in the UFC today and a win over Barboza would cement his contender status. As a solid wrestler and one of the best pure athletes in the lightweight division, Green is a dangerous fighter.

But with that said, Barboza has the tools to put Green away and go on a title run of his own in 2015.

Takedown Defense

If there is one place in this matchup where Green has a decided advantage, it’s the ground game. Green has a pretty good wrestling background and his grappling is much more advanced than Barboza’s. Barboza needs to avoid the ground at all costs. If Green gets this fight to the ground he will win, it’s as simple as that.

Leg Kicks

When fighting a wrestler, leg kicks can be dangerous because they leave you open to being taken down, but they are also Barboza’s best weapon in the cage. Barboza has TKO’d two UFC opponents via leg kicks. When leg kicks are thrown the way Barboza throws them, they are fight changing. Leg kicks will break Green down and open him up for other attacks.

Force Green to Kickbox

Green is a talented fighter and he is a dangerous striker, but Barboza is elite on the feet. By forcing Green into a kickboxing match, Barboza will have taken Green’s advantage (the ground game) out of play. On the feet, Barboza will have the luxury of a four inch reach advantage and because of his kicking game, Barboza will be able to pick Green apart on the outside.

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