UFC 142: What We Learned from Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim

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UFC 142: What We Learned from Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim

Edson Barboza has just made UFC history at UFC 142 tonight, scoring the first ever spinning-wheel kick knockout over Terry Etim.

The knockout came in the third round of the fight, which was largely controlled by Barboza.

The undefeated lightweight managed to slow Etim's attacks using his leg kicks and outpointing the British fighter with superior stand-up.

It looked like Barboza was destined for a decisive decision victory when, out of nowhere, he threw a spinning-wheel kick that landed right on Etim's chin, sending Etim crashing the canvas.

It was an incredible win and will definitely move Barboza up the lightweight ladder.

 

What we'll remember about this fight

Do I even need to say it?

The kick. We'll remember the kick.

Until the end of time, we will remember that kick.

 

What we learned about Edson Barboza:

This guy is a legitimate threat in the lightweight division.

No one was been able to beat him so far and he looks better with every performance.

Barboza has some of the most technical striking in the lightweight division, along with good takedown defense.

At just 25 years old, Barboza is looking like a future top contender.

 

What we learned about Terry Etim

Etim has potential, but needs to work on some things if he wants to compete with the division's best.

He has been able to dominate low-level competition, but it seems that every time he's in a fight that matters, he falters.

Right now, Etim is just not good enough in any one area to be a serious contender.

 

What's next for Edson Barboza

After that knockout, he can expect a big jump up in competition.

The loser of Jim Miller vs. Melvin Guillard is a possibility, as well as the loser of Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis.

 

What's next for Terry Etim

Etim can expect a tough opponent in his next fight, but not one that will move him very far up the ladder.

Yves Edwards and Sam Stout are possibilities.

 

Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. For updates on what's happening in the world of MMA, follow him on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.

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