Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee: Statistical Breakdown

This Saturday, April 21, the Ultimate Fighting Champion brings an action packed card to Atlantic City airing live on Fox Sports 1.

In the main event, Lightweight contenders clash as Brazilian striking phenom Edson Barboza takes on the “Motown Phenom” Kevin Lee.  We look at the numbers behind these two fighters to determine who is most likely to come away with the victory come Saturday night.

Edson “Junior” Baboza

Age: 32

Day of Birth: January 21, 1986

Height: 5’11

Reach: 75 inches

Born: Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fighting out of: Toms River, New Jersey

Head Coach: Ricardo Almeida

Gym: The Armory

Record: 19-5 (13-5 in UFC)

Career Disclosed Earnings: $852,000 USD

Notable wins: Paul Felder, Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis



Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • Fight of the Night
    • Anthony Njokuani (UFC 128)
    • Ross Pearson: (UFC 134)
    • Terry Etim (UFC 142)
    • Danny Castillo (UFC on Fox 9)
    • Paul Felder (UFC on Fox 16)
    • Tony Ferguson (TUF 22 Finale)
  • Knockout of the Night
    • Terry Etim (UFC 142)
  • Performance of the Night
    • Beneil Dariush (UFC Fight Night 106)
  • 2012 Knockout of the Year
    • Terry Etim (UFC 142)

Muay Thai

  • Three-time State Champion (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Brazilian Circuit Champion
  • Campos Open Champion


11 wins via Knockout

1 win via Submission

7 wins via Judges Decision


4-4 against ranked Lightweights

3.79 Significant strikes landed/ minute

40% striking accuracy

3.73 strikes absorbed/ minute

62% striking defense

0.54 takedowns landed per 15 minutes

53% takedown accuracy

83% takedown defense accuracy

Average Fight time: 10:44


Fun Facts

Professional Debut: April, 2009

Black belt in Taekwondo

Black prajied in Muay Thai under Anderson França

Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Almeida

Most finishes by way of leg kicks in UFC history (3)

Only fighter in UFC history to win by way of leg, body and head kick KO


Kevin “Motown Phenom” Lee

Age: 25

Day of Birth: September 4, 1992

Height: 5’9

Reach: 75.5 inches

Born: Detroit, Michigan

Fighting out of: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Gym: Triumph MMA, Xtreme Couture

Record: 16-3 (9-3 in UFC)

Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,946,000 USD

Notable wins: Jake Matthews, Francisco Trinaldo, Michael Chiesa



Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • Performance of the Night
    • Magomed Mustafaev (UFC Fight Night 99)
    • Michael Chiesa (UFC Fight Night 112)


1 wins via Knockout

8 wins via Submission

7 wins via Judges Decision


4 Submissions in the UFC

3.64 Significant strikes landed/ minute

42% striking accuracy

3.09 strikes absorbed/ minute

52% striking defense

3.45 takedowns landed per 15 minutes

42% takedown accuracy

73% takedown defense accuracy

Average Fight time: 10:09


Fun Facts

Professional Debut: March, 2012

No. 7 ranked Lightweight

Two separate win streaks (4 and 5-fight win streak)





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