As the UFC heads back to Brazil, two up-and-coming fighters will be squaring off for bragging rights and more in their native country, as Edson Barboza—owner of perhaps one of the greatest head-kick finishes in MMA history—clashes with the undefeated Lucas Martins.
The headlining bout will feature Brazilian Vitor Belfort slugging it out with season three winner of The Ultimate Fighter, Michael Bisping. With that in mind, UFC on FX 7 has all the potential to surpass expectations.
There may be some people who overlook the bout between Barboza and Martins, but I think that would be a sad mistake.
When watching both men in the cage, at times it may be hard to tell them apart. They not only look alike, but employ a style of fighting that is striking based. These two fighters would rather decide this contest on their feet, both gunning for the KO/TKO.
There is a lot of pressure heading into this bout for both men. Barboza is looking to rebound from a loss and Martins is looking to make a great initial impression as he steps into the Octagon for the very first time.
This fight is going to be decided by who wants it more, and that is one question I cannot wait to see answered.
Until then, here is my head-to-toe breakdown of the bout.