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We have an intriguing fight in the Heavyweight division, as Chris “Beast Boy” Barnett takes on UFC debutant Martin “Badys” Buday. Coming off an amazing performance, in which Barnett wheel kicked Villante and lit up Madison Square Garden with his celebration, Beast Boy returns to the octagon with some added buzz. The only odd thing is, it won’t be in front of an audience. Which is a miss by the UFC. Meanwhile, Buday comes into his UFC debut on an eight-fight win streak. Having stopped all eight of those opponents, including most recently Lorenzo Hood on Dana White’s Contender Series, Buday has the looks of an excellent addition to the Heavyweight division.
As for a prediction, I’m going with Buday. While I’ve noticed that Buday gets hit way too often and is rather slow, he makes up for with an excellent jab and power. Seeing that he has stopped eight straight fights backs that notion up. Armed with good wrestling and grappling, Buday is capable of making some noise at 265 pounds. At times, Buday may stall out, but when he gets going, it’s tough to survive his onslaught. Obviously Barnett will be a tough challenge though. With vast experience, athleticism and power, Barnett has proved himself at each stop of his journey. However, before the wheel kick, Villante was kind of handling Barnett on the feet. Something that surprised me and swung me in favor of Buday in this fight. So with that said, I’ll take Buday and his seven inch height advantage, iron chin and power to get it done via knockout over Barnett.