Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder (16-4-0) fights Edson “Junior” Barboza (20-7-0) in a lightweight bout at UFC 242 on Saturday night as part of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week at The Arena, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
With this fight against the Brazilian in Abu Dhabi, the 35 year-old American Paul Felder has the chance to avenge his first professional loss in 2015. The 33 year-old Barboza beat Felder by Unanimous Decision in Chicago just over four years ago.
A win over Barboza would rate as the best of Felder’s career and would put him firmly on the map for a future shot at the lightweight title.
Barboza is often seen as something of a barometer in the lightweight division, as someone who has fought most of the main players at his weight. The Brazilian is a fantastic offensive fighter, who is a quality boxer with an exceptional kicking arsenal which ranks among the very best in the MMA.
Paul Felder vs Edson Barboza Betting Lines & Prediction
This fight could easily go either way, but Edson Barboza’s kicking could give him the slight edge if Paul Felder allows him to dictate tactically.
Felder is a strong fighter on the counter attack, but he isn’t great defensively. In terms of UFC 242 betting predictions for this bout, we could well see a repeat of the previous fight encounter between these two, with Barboza coming out on top.
In the Felder Vs Barboza betting lines for the Fight Result, Barboza is the bookies favourite at odds of -160 (1.62) with bet365, with Felder the underdog at +135 (2.35) at Sports Interaction. We’ll take the betting odds on Barboza and he’s our UFC 242 prediction to win this fight.
UFC 242 Prediction: Fight Result – Edson Barboza to Win @ -160 (1.62) with bet365