The action ensued tonight (Sat., July 23, 2016) at UFC on FOX 20 live from United Center in Chicago, Illinois, as former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight champion Holly Holm made her return to the cage opposite talented Russian striker Valentina Shevchenko. But before the main event went down, the rest of the main card delivered on arrival.
In a fiery back-and-forth affair between striking specialist Edson Barboza and hard-nosed boxer Gilbert Melendez, who was making his return to the Octagon after serving a one-year suspension, distance control and leg kicks reigned supreme. In the end, despite Melendez catching and hurting Barboza on more than one occasion, the Brazilian's leg attacks were too damaging too ignore. Barboza did what he had to to avoid a dangerous puncher and was awarded the unanimous decision victory for his efforts.
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With this victory, Barboza moves even closer to a title shot. He will most likely have to defeat one more top-level Lightweight to official lock something down, but he's beginning to shred the competition.
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