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UFC 128, Barboza and Spike

Here's a treat for those of you not going to UFC 128 at The Prudential Center in Newark on March 19: Edson Barboza's lightweight fight against Anthony Njokuani will air live on Spike.

It's one of two bouts to air as free televised prelims return to Spike at 9 p.m.

The other prelim is a light heavweight bout between Luiz Cane and Eliot Marshall.

But Barboza (7-0) is the real attraction on this night. With his powerful and lightning-fast kicks, he has drawn comparisons to Jose Aldo. Barboza made his UFC debut at UFC 123, beating Mike Lullo by third-round TKO. 

Fightin' Words had the chance to see Barboza earlier in his career at Ring of Combat in New Jersey in February 2010, and here's what we said then: "Remember Barboza's name, you're going to hear it again one day."

Bingo.

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