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UFC Fight Night Kansas City tips: Edson Barboza can stop Billy Quarantillo inside the distance

One of the finest strikers to ever set foot into the UFC cage, Brazil’s Edson Barboza faces his 28th fight for the company as he welcomes Billy Quarantillo in the co-main event at Kansas City.

From ranked contenders to future champions, Barboza has fought the who's who at both lightweight and featherweight in the UFC. However, this weekend he faces a career crossroads in his fight with Quarantillo.

Passing his 37th birthday earlier this year and on a two-fight losing streak, if Barboza is looking for a run at the title an impressive performance against Quarantillo is crucial.

Quarantillo is a tricky customer, a 17-4 overall record and five wins in the UFC have seen him become one of the best fighters currently flying under the radar at featherweight.
His previous fight with Alexander Hernandez showed both his major strengths but also his key weaknesses.

Hernandez caught him several times with hard shots and opened a massive cut over his eye, but he was unfazed, punishing Hernandez as the fight went on to eventually lead to a TKO finish.

That fight exposed his striking as very open to a counter fighter of which Barboza is world class. Quarantillo often dropped his head as he threw single straight punches which left him open to attacks up the middle.

Barboza's world class counter striking should be enough to secure him the victory. Neither man has much interest in making this a grappling match and this could be a front runner for fight of the night honours.

Key Stats

Quarantillo has alternated wins and losses in his last five fights, his last contest being his TKO win over Alexander Hernandez.
Barboza's last win was a KO over Shane Burgos at UFC 262 close to two years ago.

Suggested Bets

Edson Barboza to win by KO/TKO

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