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UFC 142: Edson Barboza Vs. Terry Etim

The following is from our live coverage of ‘UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes. To access our full coverage, click here.

For the first fight on pay-per-view, lightweight Terry Etim makes his way to the cage rocking some Phil Collins with “In the Air Tonight.” Barboza to some, I don’t know, samba music?

Round 1: They touch gloves working under Big Dan Miragliotta’s supervision. Etim hot out of the gates, getting in Barboza’s face with a punch combo and then taking him down immediately. Barboza gets to his feet in short order though. Etim with a good leg kick. Etim checks one of Barboza’s notorious kicks. Etim goes to the head with a kick. Etim shoots again and gets Barboza down, but Barboza sweeps him beautifully using butterfly guard. Barboza feints and then lands a hard leg kick; one inside follows. Etim working the jab. Barboza lands a fast, hard leg kick – trademark. He goes inside again to follow. Etim checks one and lands a good lead left hook. Barboza counters well. Etim sticks a hard jab and avoids a head kick. Etim shoots again and is stuffed, Barboza making him pay with a knee. Barboza gets in another hard leg kick. Barboza with a pair of inside leg kicks. Etim comes back with a leg kick of his own, but he seems to be getting stilted by Barboza’s power. Barboza lands a hard spinning back kick to the gut before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barboza

Round 2: They touch gloves again, Barboza getting off three leg kicks right away. Etim already looks a little heavy on his left leg. Etim fires off a pair of right kicks, one low and one high that smack. Barboza comes back with more leg kicks and a series of punches. Etim fails on a takedown attempt. Barboza taking control of the standup, moving in and out, countering Etim’s shots and taking away his movement with hammering leg kicks. Etim goes to the body at the end of a combo and then lands a good leg kick of his own. Etim goes high with a kick but Barboza blocks. Etim lands a spinning back kick. Etim with a right hand. Etim shoots a hard double and gets Barboza down, but again Barboza throws him off immediately with butterfly guard, eventually shaking a pursuing Etim off. Barboza rips a body shot-right hand combo.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barboza

Round 3: Etim comes out aggressive, but he eats another leg kick before he can get off. Etim goes for the clinch but Barboza shakes him off, eating a grazing knee. Etim counters with a nice jab. Etim fails on a takedown attempt. Barboza goes to the body and follows up with a leg kick. Barboza throws a brutal wheel kick that catches Etim right across the face and stiffens him like a board immediately. No follow up shots are needed, this one’s done folks.

Edson Barboza defeated Terry Etim via KO (wheel kick) at 2:02 of round 3