Fight Replay by MMAshare.com
Mookie Alexander: I keep picking against Ige and he keeps winning, so presumably he’ll win this weekend because I’m going with Barboza. While Ige has looked terrific in recent fights, Barboza is still the best fighter he’s ever faced and by a considerable margin. At range this is not a contest, but Ige’s improved striking and effective pressure is the exact recipe for disaster that Barboza has never corrected. Barboza’s chin isn’t bad but I wonder if that won’t be the case at 145. Barboza’s takedown defense is also really good outside of when he faces outstanding wrestlers such as Khabib or Kevin Lee, so I see him prevailing here in ways I did not see him prevailing against Josh Emmett (his original opponent). Edson Barboza by unanimous decision.