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UFC 242 live blog: Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder 2

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Edson Barboza faces off with Paul Felder ahead of their lightweight rematch in Saturday’s co-main event at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi
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This is the UFC 242 live blog for Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder 2, a lightweight bout at Saturday’s UFC event at The Arena in Abu Dhabi.

Barboza, who has lost three of his last four fights, faces Felder, who has won his last four fights at 155 pounds, in the co-main event.

This is a rematch from UFC on FOX 16 back on July 25, 2015. Barboza won the first meeting by unanimous decision.

Check out the UFC 242 live blog below.

Round 1: Referee Herb Dean in the cage for this fight. Barboza with a leg kick right away, Felder eats it and he’s head-hunting with 1-2s. Barboza catches Felder with punches coming in and Felder clinches up. The grappling is inconclusive and they reset in the center. Felder with the body punch, Barboza lands a counter-punch and two hard leg kicks. They’re swinging freely. Felder lands a calf kick of his own. Barboza cracks Felder’s mid-section with a kick. Jab by Felder. Some blood is getting in Felder’s eye, he calls over Dean to say that he was cut by a head butt and the doctor is brought in to check it out. Barboza’s left hooks is landing with consistency. He easily dodges a Felder wheel kick. Felder not showing much variety, sticking to straight punches. Barboza scores with another kick to the body. Felder backs him up with a right hand, they exchange in the pocket and Barboza gets the better of it. Felder staying aggressive as the buzzer sounds.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Barboza.

Round 2: Felder is looking to get in close to land a standing elbow, but Barboza is not letting him establish that. Barboza doing a beautiful job using kicks to attack Felder’s body and legs. He then fires a couple of left hooks to Felder’s body. Takedown by Barboza! Felder active from the bottom with elbows. Barboza bleeding now. Felder controlling Barboza’s hands, he’s getting the better of this ground work. Barboza tries to answer with punches from the top. Felder swivels his hips, there’s the armbar attempt. Barboza stands, he’s slippery and Felder lets it go. They’re back on the feet. They trade leg kicks. Body shot by Felder, Barboza blasts him with a counter hook. Nice body punch by Felder as he pushes Barboza back against the cage. Singe leg attempt is shrugged off by Barboza, back to the center. Barboza with the leg kick right on Felder’s thigh. 1-2 by Felder. Felder goes for a double leg, but can’t finish. They end the round against the cage. Much closer round.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Barboza. Overall, 20-18 Barboza.

Round 3: Body kick by Barboza, Felder marches through and he’s throwing hands freely. Barboza countering, matching him punch-for-punch. Felder having a lot of success in the first minute pressing forward and finding Barboza’s chin. Counter-right by Barboza clips Felder. Spinning backfist lands clean on Felder, he’s not deterred. Knee to the body scores for Barboza. They both spin, Barboza’s back kick to the body beating Felder’s backfist. Straight right has Barboza’s head moving. 1-2 by Felder gets through. With a minute to go, Felder works his way into the clinch. Felder getting the better of the closing seconds, scoring with hooks. Barboza holds onto a body lock and gets a takedown just before the fight ends. Should be a win for Barboza, but this was a very, very close fight.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Felder. Overall, 29-28 Barboza.

Official result: Paul Felder def. Edson Barboza via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 27-30)