Edson Barboza Places His Surprise Bet For Khabib Nurmagomedov v Tony Ferguson

Published 03/15/2020, 3:50 PM EDT


In an interview with numerous MMA legends, Helen Yee talks to the fighters about their predictions of the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson ahead of UFC 249. Edson Barboza is one fighter who she talks to.

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Edson “Junior” Barboza shares his two cents on the topic as well. He feels that both the fighters are equally able. Initially, the fighter seems to lean towards Khabib but later he admits that Ferguson may come out on top.

The Brazilian feels that El Cucuy is a tough opponent because of his unique approach. In addition, he feels that the American has a very dynamic and unpredictable style of fighting. Like every other fan in the world who has waited for this fight to take place, Barboza is very excited to watch the action unfold.

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“It’s going to be a great fight. I’m very excited for this one. It’s a good fight for Khabib but at the same time, Ferguson’s hard to fight. Because his style, he’s a little bit different with everybody.”- Edson Barboza 

Barboza feels Ferguson’s superior striking skills may prove to be the difference between the winner and the loser. He adds that Ferguson has a certain creativity in the octagon, which is something that Khabib lacks.

“I think Ferguson has a little advantage because he’s a little bit better striker. He’s a little bit more creative. Everybody know what Khabib is doing but he do it very well. Everybody know but nobody can stop him.”- Edson Barboza

He feels Khabib’s strategies are public knowledge, everyone knows how he fights and that renders him predictable. Junior admits that Khabib is so good at his craft that even though everyone knows what he is going to do, they still cannot stop him.

Edson Barboza Against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson

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Junior has shared the octagon in the UFC with both Khabib and Ferguson. He was dealt a loss on both occasions so he is aware of their strengths and weaknesses.

Barboza first faced Tony Ferguson back in the December of 2015. The fight went down at the Cosmopolitan Resort Las Vegas, Nevada. He lost to the American by submission in the second round.

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Two years later he faced Khabib Nurmagomedov in December of 2017 at UFC 219: Cyborg v Holm. The fight took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was beaten yet again, however, this time it was by unanimous decision.

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