UFC on ESPN 2 Betting Guide: Justin Gaethje vs. Edson Barboza Promises to Deliver Action

Mar 29, 2019 6:48 PM EDT
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USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: UFC fighters Justin Gaethje (blue gloves), UFC fighter Edson Barboza (red gloves).

UFC on ESPN 2 betting odds: Justin Gaethje vs. Edson Barboza

  • Justin Gaethje +110
  • Edson Barboza -140
  • Channel: ESPN
  • Time: Approx. 9:30 p.m. ET

The UFC travels to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this weekend for the company’s second ever fight card on ESPN.

No. 6 lightweight contender Edson Barboza will square off against No. 8 ranked Justin Gaethje in a matchup that features two of the UFC’s most-exciting strikers and should include plenty of bone-thudding leg kicks.

Barboza was last in the Octagon fewer than four months ago in December, when he defeated Dan Hooker by third-round TKO in Milwaukee. The victory snapped Barboza’s two-fight losing streak to current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov as well as No. 5 ranked Kevin Lee.

Gaethje got back into the win column last August with a first-round knockout of James Vick. “The Highlight” suffered the first two defeats of his career in his two previous fights against former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez as well as current No. 3 lightweight Dustin Poirier.

Essentially, both men have mostly only suffered defeats at the hands of the division’s top-five contenders over their respective careers.

Barboza will hold a 5-inch reach advantage despite both fighters standing 5-foot-11. Neither fighter is expected to leave the octagon unscathed considering they each boast negative significant strike differentials.

Let’s break down the key story lines of Saturday night’s main event.

Will Gaethje finally decide to wrestle?

Barboza is a savvy UFC veteran that has been with the promotion since 2010. He’s racked up 20 fights since then, displaying both devastating knockout power as well as a vulnerability to wrestlers:

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