UFC on FOX 16 features a main event that deserves to be a main event on a pay-per-view: the bantamweight title fight between the champion TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao.

This will be the second time the two have fought; the first time Dillashaw beat Barao by TKO in the fifth and final round to win the belt. Barao will be looking for revenge on Saturday night and will try to get his belt back.

Dillashaw defended his belt one time already, a fifth round TKO victory over Joe Soto, and he will look to show Barao that it is his belt once again.

Other than the amazing free title fight you will get to watch, there is a fight that everybody should get excited for: #7 ranked lightweight Edson Barboza vs. Philadelphia’s Paul Felder.

Barboza is easily one of the most explosive fighters in the UFC. Barboza has knockout power and can throw some of the most impressive spinning strikes in the UFC as well. Standing at 15-3, Barboza is coming off of a loss to Michael Johnson by way of unanimous decision. One thing about Barboza is that when he loses a fight, he wins the following fight after the loss, as he has done that all three times in his career. Barboza does have a very tough opponent in Paul Felder and it will not be easy if he wants to get back on track.

Felder, who is tied for the UFC’s Knockout of the Year Half-Year Awards, will be looking to secure a win over a top ten-ranked lightweight. Felder is undefeated, with a professional record of 10-0, and he will look to stay unbeaten on Saturday night. Other than Felder’s ridiculous spinning back-fist KO victory, he has also beaten Jason Saggo by split decision in his UFC debut. Standing at 2-0 in the UFC, Felder has potential to be a legitimate title contender and with a win over a top ten ranked fighter like Barboza, Felder will show the fans and the UFC that it is truly his time.

Here are the keys to victory for Felder:

Keep His Composure:

This is a fight in which both fighters love to stand and strike, but Felder needs to make sure he keeps his composure early on so he does not get caught. Felder is coming off of his KO of the Year spinning back fist, but he needs to make sure he does not start throwing wild strikes, and instead, keep his composure and land strikes with precision. If Felder can keep his composure and not go out and throw wild strikes with Barboza, he will be one step closer to a victory on Saturday.

Trust His Surgically Repaired Knee:

Felder is coming off of a knee surgery, a surgery that did not allow him to take on Jim Miller at UFC on FOX 15, and this will be his first fight back from the surgery. Felder needs to make sure that he trusts his surgically repaired knee. Barboza is most definitely going to attack that leg so if Felder trusts his knee, he may be able to catch Barboza while he is going for a leg kick.

Land The Big One:

I just said that the Philadelphian could catch Barboza if he can see a leg kick coming and that is the biggest key to victory for Felder. Felder needs to be the one to land the big strike because I do not see this fight going the distance. Both of these fighters are fighters who look for the finish and I would be very surprised if it went all three. One of these fighters is going to be finished and Felder needs to make sure he lands the big shot so that he is the one getting his hand raised on Saturday night.

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.