UFC Kansas City Co-Main Event: Barboza vs. Quarantillo Breakdown & Analysis

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Billy Quarantillo punches Alexander Hernandez in a featherweight fight during the UFC 282 event. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

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For the second time in MMA history, the UFC will visit Kansas City, Missouri, as fight fanatics of the Midwest will receive a banger of a main card that includes a co-main event showdown between Edson Barboza and Billy Quarantillo.

Read on for our complete betting guide with an early preview of the UFC Kansas City co-main event between Barboza and Quarantillo, including updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC analysis, best betting pick, and fight predictions.

UFC Kansas City Co-Main Event Information

  • When: Saturday, April 15, 2023 – 05:30 PM ET
  • Where: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Main Event: Max Holloway vs. Arnold Allen [Featherweight Bout]
  • Co-Main Event: Edson Barboza vs. Billy Quarantillo [Featherweight Bout]
  • Co-Main Moneyline Probability: Quarantillo – 63% (-170) / Barboza – 42.6% (+135)
  • Co-Main Totals Probability: Over 2½ – 54.1% (-118) Under 2½ – 52.8% (-112)

UFC Kansas City Co-Main Event: Tale of the Tape

Edson “Junior” Barboza

Despite winning just 3 of his previous 10 UFC contests, Brazil’s Edson Barboza is still considered one of the company's most dangerous Muay Thai kickboxers. Aged 37, youth isn’t on his side, but does the old dog have any more highlight reel knockouts left in the tank?

Barboza has displayed some of the most vicious leg kick offenses and emphatic KO/TKO victories in UFC history. Although his professional record began to decline in 2017, we can’t ignore the level of competition he’s faced during this stretch.

History tells us that Barboza often succeeds when competing against fighters lower in the rankings than himself. However, it’s concerning when a fighter has competed at the sport's highest level for 13 consecutive years and has engaged in back-to-back wars against lightweight and featherweight killers.

Edson Barboza Combat Sports Accomplishments

  • UFC Fight of the Night (Eight times)
  • UFC Performance of the Night (One time)
  • Tied for most Fight of the Night bonuses in UFC history (8)
  • Renaissance MMA lightweight champion (One time, two defenses)
  • Ring of Combat lightweight champion (One time)

Edson Barboza Best Available Moneyline Odds: +135 at Bookmaker

Billy Quarantillo

If the blueprint doesn’t play out as expected, Billy Quarantillo will throw caution to the wind and fight till the final dying seconds of every round. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the reasons why the bookmakers have positioned him as a significant betting favorite over a former top-five UFC contender.

I didn’t know we needed Barboza versus Billy Q until the fight was scheduled, and we shouldn’t be surprised if this bout collects the Fight of the Night honors. Quarantillo has the fighting style we crave, and with a 5-2 promotional record garnered over the previous four years, he’s looking to overcome a legend of the sport and breach the top 20 rankings.

Billy Quarantillo Combat Sports Accomplishments

  • UFC Fight of the Night (One time)
  • UFC Performance of the Night (One time)
  • Strike Off Fighting Championship Featherweight Champ (One time)
  • King of the Café Lightweight Champion (One time)

Billy Quarantillo Best Available Moneyline Odds: -170 at Bookmaker

UFC Kansas City Co-Main Event Skillset Analysis

Quarantillo's most noteworthy path to success has involved pressure and output, two attributes that unquestionably stand out like a sore thumb when evaluating his fight tape. And without hesitation, this gameplan will certainly be one of his greatest chances of victory on Saturday evening.

Barboza is a sniper on the feet with an elite level of striking, but the red flags begin to wave whenever he’s taken out of a comfortable range. He’s dangerous at kickboxing range when his kicks can be let loose, and his boxing offense inside the pocket is commendable. The problems arise whenever he’s overwhelmed with output at a close range.

Billy Q additionally has serviceable wrestling that can drain Barboza's cardio. We’ve watched the Brazilian fade in later rounds because of this game plan in the past. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu should also favor the Florida native, as well as speed, output, and the hunger to climb the rankings.

Billy Quarantillo Moneyline: The UFC Kansas City Best Bet Formula

The available UFC odds at the top US betting sites favor Quarantillo, and rightfully so. The younger, more diverse, higher output fighter in Billy Q is on an opposite trajectory to his veteran opponent.

Barboza has continuously missed the mark in recent bouts, and we really don’t know where his head's at. How hungry is he to still compete after a long, storied career involving countless wars? Of course, the kicks are forever dangerous, and he owns knockout power in his fists, but we could witness a passing of the torch this weekend.

Quarantillo has a granite chin and will undoubtedly deliver more output. Once he escapes round one Barboza, it’s difficult not to envision this bout edging further and further in favor of the betting favorite, who will present a significantly higher output across all three rounds.

UFC Pick: Quarantillo ML (-170) at Bookmaker [1.70u to win 1u]

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