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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.
Momentum is a hell of a thing. If a fighter has it, you can easily assume that he’s going to roll right on over his opponents, regardless of skills and traits.
Right now, Kevin Lee has momentum. Sure, he lost pretty handily to Tony Ferguson in his last trip to the Octagon, but prior to that he was smoking dudes left and right.
Edson Barboza doesn’t have that same mojo, and over the course of the last two years, has fallen to Michael Johnson, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. When Lee and Barboza clash in the main event of UFC Fight Night 128 this weekend, the assumption is that Lee will eat Barboza like an Atlantic City sub sandwich. But…
…Barboza’s always been a deadly Muay Thai practitioner, with the ability to end things abruptly and violently.
Case in point: his fight against Beneil Dariush.
Obviously, Lee is going to want to wrestle Barboza to death, and Barboza is going to want to hit Lee so hard he goes to sleep. Who will impose their will first?
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Here’s that video of Khabib Nurmagomedov yelling at Dana White during UFC 219 massacre of Edson Barboza
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is charged with running the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, so as you might expect, he’s probably a hard man to pin down.
That’s why undefeated lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to take any opportunity he can get to convince the “Sin City” fight boss that “The Eagle” is ready to fly into a 155-pound title fight.
Even between rounds.
That’s what happened when the Dagestani was putting a beatdown on fellow contender Edson Barboza in the UFC 219 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, which took place last Saturday night (Dec. 30, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Watch the video highlights here.
This isn’t the first time Nurmagomedov shouted to White during a bout. At UFC 205 back in late 2016, “The Eagle” told White to stop sending him fake contracts (like this one) to help negotiate with other combatants.
Read those comments here.
Nurmagomedov is expected to fight Tony Ferguson for the interim title at some point this spring, with the winner moving on to face Conor McGregor later this summer. I am personally rooting for “The Eagle,” just because I want to hear what he shouts during a “Notorious” showdown.
Khabib Nurmagomedov absolutely dominated Edson Barboza in his return to the cage last night (Sat., Dec. 30, 2017) at UFC 219 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, eventually winning a completely lopsided unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25 X2).
Outside of a few hard leg kicks and body kicks early into the fight, Nurmagomedov walked through everything Barboza offered. He stalked the Brazilian down, landed punches, kicks, takedowns, and heavy ground-and-pound that busted and wilted “Junior.” In the end, Nurmagomedov easily walked away with the victory.
Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.
With this performance, Khabib essentially locks up a title fight with current interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson sometime early next year. And if the undefeated contender can get through “El Cucuy” he should be able to get his hands on Conor McGregor sometime in the summer.
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