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One of the most feared strikers in the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight division, Edson Barboza, has officially swapped the “Garden State” for the “Sunshine State,” announcing this week that he is relocating his family to Florida and his training to American Top Team.
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File this under “no brainer.”
Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje are both coming off back-to-back losses and both are known for being exciting stand-up fighters. So instead of watching the Brazilian fight off his back for three rounds, why not put him into a firefight with the lightweight “Highlight?”
That works just fine for manager Alex Davis, who told Portal do Vale Tudo that Barboza vs. Gaethje would be a fight that makes sense for both combatants and would undoubtedly electrify mixed martial arts (MMA) fans.
Barboza (19-6) is ranked No. 6 at 155 pounds, while Gaethje (18-2) clocks in at No. 7.
It’s also one of the few fights that isn’t dependent on what happens with the top of the lightweight pecking order (see it). Conor McGregor is out until September (or later), while Khabib Nurmagomedov has no plans to defend his newly-won strap until November.
And let’s not forget about Tony Ferguson’s injury timeout.
Sandwiched between all of the fighters I just mentioned? Eddie Alvarez (No. 3) and Dustin Poirier (No. 5), who collide at the upcoming UFC on FOX 30 event in Calgary.
Lightweight just might be the best division in all of MMA.
Technically, when a human body is separated from its head, all parties die. That’s essentially what Brazilian striker Edson Barboza does – he utilizes kicks and knees to knock people’s head off.
But apparently UFC Fight Night 128 opponent and fellow main eventer Kevin Lee is made of sterner stuff, because for sure Barboza decapitated him with a fantastic spinning wheel-kick. Yet somehow Lee survived.
For the first two rounds, Lee did what he was supposed to do: employ his dominant, aggressive wrestling and top game to get Barboza down and batter him relentlessly from mount. Barboza, in his best moments, could only fight to regain half-guard and not get pounded into jelly.
— UFC (@ufc) April 22, 2018
But then in Round 3, seemingly out of nowhere, Barboza threw a spinning wheel-kick (his signature move) that nailed Lee in the head, and Lee was literally doing the Funky Chicken on baby giraffe legs around the Octagon.
— UFC (@ufc) April 22, 2018
Instinct had Lee go full-on wrestle mode, and when he recovered, it was back to getting his opponent down and beating on him.
Eventually, the damage Barboza wore had the doctors stopping things in the fifth round for a cut near his eye.
Results: Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza via TKO (doc stoppage – cut) at 2:18, R5
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