UFC Book Next Fight for Edson Barboza at UFC 262

Published 03/03/2021, 5:30 AM EST
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)


Edson Barboza will make his return to the Octagon in May at UFC 262, as he will take on Shane Burgos in an exciting featherweight matchup. The venue and more details about the pay-per-view haven’t been announced yet, but no matter where it will be held, Barboza will look to build on his win against Makwan Amirkhani in October.

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Prior to the aforementioned bout, Barboza suffered a KO against Justin Gaethje and was on the wrong end of consecutive split decisions against Paul Felder and Dan Ige. But, his torrid run can be deceptive, as the contests against ‘The Irish Dragon’ and Ige were very close and could very well have gone his way.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Edson Barboza of Brazil punches Makwan Amirkhani of Finland in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

As for ‘Hurricane’ Shane Burgos, he dropped a decision against Josh Emmett in June last year. This loss snapped his 3-fight winning streak. Since his UFC 220 loss to Calvin Kattar, Burgos defeated Kurt Holobaugh by submission, Cub Swanson by split decision, and Makwan Amirkhani by TKO before losing to Emmett in an instant classic.

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Edson Barboza vs Shane Burgos: How do the featherweights match up?

Burgos remains one of the brightest prospects of the UFC featherweight division; Barboza is a battle-tested veteran who has established his authority over multiple weight classes in the UFC. His leg kicks are one of the most dangerous weapons in the game. Dan Hooker would know that firsthand.

The bout against Burgos will be Barboza’s 25th appearance inside the Octagon. Since joining the UFC as an undefeated prospect, he has accumulated a record of 15-9 in the promotion.

Nov 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Shane Burgos (red gloves) fights Makwan Amirkani (blue gloves) during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

Burgos will be making his 9th UFC appearance at UFC 262. His organizational record stands at 6-2 at the moment. Out of Burgos’s 13 wins as a professional, 10 have come by finishes (5 T/KO, 5 submissions).

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Barboza has a total of 13 finishes with 12 of them coming by T/KO and 1 by submission. Hence, all stats point towards a fascinating battle between two well-established strikers.

Viviane Araujo, Katlyn Chookagian, Alex Perez, Andrea Lee, Antonina Shevchenko, and more notable names will be part of the pay-per-view. However, the fight card’s main event remains a mystery.

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Who gets it done at UFC 262? Barboza or Burgos? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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