Edson Barboza Provides Candid Reaction After Earning a Delayed KO Over Shane Burgos at UFC 262

Published 05/17/2021, 6:30 AM EDT


UFC featherweight Edson Barboza spoke out to the media following his main card opening win against Shane Burgos at UFC 262. Both men went to war to open out the show and earned $75,000 each as performance bonuses. The fight, which lived up to expectations in more ways than one, had one of the most bizarre finishing sequences ever seen.

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The fight was a barn burner that went into the third round, with Barboza, who fired the heavy shots, getting the better of the close-range exchanges. However, ‘Hurricane’ Shane was clinical in his own right. Despite Burgos’ efforts, Barboza landed a fight finish combination that brought the fight to a close at 3:16 of round three.

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Chiefly, Burgos seemed to absorb the strike in a coherent manner. However, a few seconds after being hit, he stumbled backward. Shane Burgos kept stumbling until he hit the cage and surprisingly slumped over and appeared unconscious. Edson Barboza rushed in to land some follow-up strikes and the referee pulled him off.

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Barboza, who commented on his ‘Fight of the Night’ performance against Burgos, couldn’t help but express a sense of surprise. A KO off a delayed reaction isn’t uncommon with a liver shot, however, is rarely seen in head strikes. The display serves as a testament to Barboza’s power as a former lightweight who moved down to featherweight.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 09: Edson Barboza of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in on October 09, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

“I’m a Muay Thai fighter man, I always kill myself every fight, a couple stitches on my eye, my mouth, and my shin but part of the job, not too bad.”

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“For real, I really don’t understand. I know I connected a really good shot because I feel but I start to feel him shake and little bit like something happened and he go down. I was like ‘Okay, let’s go finish it’ but I need to watch cause I really don’t know what happened. I really don’t know what shot connected.”

Barboza, who is now 2-1 as a 145-pounder, is putting things together in a rather cohesive manner. Furthermore, many fans believe he won his first outing against Dan Ige and should be 3-0. He’s evidently ingrained himself into the fabric of the weight class and sparked a resurgence after his lightweight skid.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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