Barboza, the 25-year-old Muay Thai specialist, was hoping to remain undefeated while Etim simply wanted to establish a winning streak. Who got their way?
That would be Barboza, who may have recorded one of the greatest knockouts in UFC history. The Brazilian landed a wheel kick that hit Etim flush on the chin and stiffened him up, leaving him falling lifelessly to the mat.
That makes "Junior" 10-0 in his fighting career with this latest win being the best one.
The fight opened with both men coming out quick and looking to strike. That is until Etim shot in for a takedown, quite the surprise considering his strengths are his hands.
Another takedown attempt came a short while later but Barboza executed a beautiful reversal that took the fight back to the feet, where it remained for the rest of the round. That's when the two engaged in a glorified kickboxing bout, matching each other with kicks and punches.
The second stanza opened with commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan repeatedly driving home the point that Barboza's leg kicks had taken a lot out of Etim, who seemed to be walking labored. This was only partially true, as Etim was tentative but certainly wasn't falling over with no use of his limbs.
The leg kicks were nasty, though, there's no denying that.
Etim got aggressive late in the round in an attempt to striking with the brash Brazilian but was unsuccessful. Barboza was putting together just enough combinations to frustrate the Brit while scoring plenty of points.
And then, suddenly, Barboza landed a wheel kick that put Etim out. Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.
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