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On May 15th, Edson Barboza will make his third entry into the octagon as a featherweight against Shane Burgos, another massive 145er who matches his stunning knockout power.

This matchup provides fight fans a stunning combination of striking skill and sheer power.

Edson Barboza will make his third entry into the octagon as a featherweight against Shane Burgos. Burgos is another massive 145er who matches his impressive physicality with stunning knockout power.

Both men dwarf many of their competitors in the division. Compared to the featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, they both look like lightweights. Barboza brings a polished Muay Thai game with a dazzling array of kicks and punches. Following a successful outing against Makwan Amirkhani, Barboza hopes to extend his stay in the win column against Burgos.

Despite being taken to a unanimous decision loss by Josh Emmett, Burgos showed that his chin can take unimaginable punishment without being cracked. However, with Barboza‚Äôs variety of body and leg attacks, Burgos will need more than just his chin to be victorious over the Brazilian. Barboza’s love for attacking the body will provide a tempting opportunity for Burgos to drop his hands.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 20: (R-L) Josh Emmett and Shane Burgos trade punches in their feathweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Even with sharp offensive striking skills, Burgos is prone to occasionally lumbering forward with his hands down. This could be a deadly mistake against Barboza, whose power has translated quite well at featherweight. Burgos was able to recover from Emmett’s devastating power punches at UFC 3. But, he would be unwise to test his durability against Barboza’s explosive kicks.

Additionally, Barboza’s kicks are not just powerful but incredibly fast. Burgos will have to be evasive if he wants to avoid a nap on the canvas. Both men are looking to prove their viability in the top 10 of the featherweight division. This fight looks to be a potential contender for Fight of the Night and a true pleasure for fight fans.

By Robert Almeida

I am a Georgetown University student studying International Security Studies with a passion for martial arts and combat sports. I am a member of the Georgetown Boxing Team and also train Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in my free time.