Unlike other professional sports, there is no offseason in MMA. Week in and week out fight cards all over the world are taking place. Some weeks there will be major fight cards filled with big name fighters others not so much, but there are fights taking place every week.

Regardless of whether the fighters are household names or not, The MMA Corner will preview the best fight taking place during the week.

This week’s Fight of the Week is the lightweight clash between Edson Barboza and Michael Johnson.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, the UFC heads to the Ginasio Gigantinho in Porto Alegre, Brazil, for UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir. While heavyweights Frank Mir and Antonio Silva are getting top billing, the fight everyone is looking forward to is the co-main event between Barboza and Johnson.

Johnson joined the UFC after an impressive run on season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter where he finished the season as the runner-up. Since then, Johnson has gone 7-3 inside the Octagon including his current three fight win streak. Johnson is a tremendous athlete and since joining the Blackzilians at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center, he has been growing by leaps and bounds.

Barboza on the other hand is 9-2 inside the Octagon and has established himself as one of the most dangerous strikers in the sport today. His blend of speed, footwork, technical precision, and power has catapulted him into the top 10 of the UFC’s lightweight division.

Johnson and Barboza are two of the best young talents in the lightweight division, but the winner of this bout will still have a lot of work to do before getting into the title conversation. The UFC lightweight division is loaded with elite talent and there are several contenders just waiting for their shot at the title. Even though a title shot isn’t currently on the horizon for either man, this bout should be spectacular.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.