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Barboza, one of the most exciting strikers in UFC history, enters the fight at a career crossroads. Despite strong showings against a murderer’s row of competition, he’s lost five of his past six fights. His two most recent appearances, which came against Dan Ige and Paul Felder, were controversial calls, particularly the loss to Ige in his featherweight debut. The close setback on the scorecards gives him a chance to reframe his comeback at 145 pounds, particularly against the grappling-friendly Amirkhani.
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