UFC Veteran Edson Barboza Has Massive News for his Fans

Published 02/25/2021, 9:13 PM 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)


UFC veteran, Edson Barboza, will be continuing in the organization as a bonafide contender on the roster. The Brazilian fighter’s manager, Alex Davis, confirmed the same and expressed a shared interest for Barboza to make a run for gold. Edson Barboza has been a staple of the organization for a meaningful period and fought the very best.

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Barboza had one fight remaining on his contract and he will be going in with a new multi-fight deal. There was some major uncertainty regarding his future following a recent skid he suffered. However, his previous outing ended in a win and the 11-year UFC veteran will now look to make his run for a title.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Makwan Amirkhani of Finland punches Edson Barboza of Brazil 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)

“The UFC has opted to re-sign Barboza and keep him on the roster and keep him active going forward,” Davis said. “Barboza and I believe he has what it takes to make a run for the belt and become champion, and that’s his focus.”

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Edson Barboza: Perennial contender

Barboza is fresh off a win over Makwan Amirkhani to put himself in the win column in the featherweight division. Chiefly, his first fight down a weight class from lightweight, ended in a loss to Dan Ige. With a win etched at 145-pounds, Barboza will need only a few standout performances to warrant a title shot.

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)

Edson Barboza has remained a contender at lightweight for a meaningful period of his 15-9 UFC run. He has etched wins over names like Beneil Dariush, Paul Felder, and Dan Hooker, to name a few. Not to mention, he stepped into the cage against Khabib Nurmagomedov just before ‘The Eagle’ took his championship level ascent.

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However, he would frequently fall short in crucial lightweight fights that would set him back significantly. He was 1-3 at lightweight following his loss to Khabib and it was his skid that prompted a move.

The 145-pound division is rather top-heavy with contenders, and Barboza will look to join the likes of Max Holloway, Chan Sung Jung, and Brian Ortega. Hence, it will all boil down to his next few fights and the manner in which he executes his lethal striking offense on the other top names.

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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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