Momentum is a hell of a thing. If a fighter has it, you can easily assume that he’s going to roll right on over his opponents, regardless of skills and traits.
Right now, Kevin Lee has momentum. Sure, he lost pretty handily to Tony Ferguson in his last trip to the Octagon, but prior to that he was smoking dudes left and right.
Edson Barboza doesn’t have that same mojo, and over the course of the last two years, has fallen to Michael Johnson, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. When Lee and Barboza clash in the main event of UFC Fight Night 128 this weekend, the assumption is that Lee will eat Barboza like an Atlantic City sub sandwich. But…
…Barboza’s always been a deadly Muay Thai practitioner, with the ability to end things abruptly and violently.
Case in point: his fight against Beneil Dariush.
Obviously, Lee is going to want to wrestle Barboza to death, and Barboza is going to want to hit Lee so hard he goes to sleep. Who will impose their will first?