Edson Barboza

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Edson Barboza
BornEdson Mendes Barboza Junior
(1986-01-21) January 21, 1986 (age 27)
Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesJunior[1]
NationalityBrazilian
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight
Reach75 in (190 cm)
Fighting out ofNova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
TeamValor MMA
RankBlack Prajied in Muay Thai
Black Belt in Taekwondo
Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Years active2009-present
Kickboxing record
Total28
Wins25
By knockout22
Losses3
Mixed martial arts record
Total13
Wins12
By knockout8
By submission2
By decision2
Losses1
By knockout1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Edson Barboza
BornEdson Mendes Barboza Junior
(1986-01-21) January 21, 1986 (age 27)
Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesJunior[1]
NationalityBrazilian
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight
Reach75 in (190 cm)
Fighting out ofNova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
TeamValor MMA
RankBlack Prajied in Muay Thai
Black Belt in Taekwondo
Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Years active2009-present
Kickboxing record
Total28
Wins25
By knockout22
Losses3
Mixed martial arts record
Total13
Wins12
By knockout8
By submission2
By decision2
Losses1
By knockout1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Edson Mendes Barboza Jr. (born January 21, 1986)[2] is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2009, Barboza is a former Ring of Combat Lightweight Champion and is currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Background[edit]

Barboza comes from Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro. His fighting style is Muay Thai. His professional Muay Thai record is 25-3 with 22 victories by knockout and 17 first round finishes.[1] Barboza moved to the United States in January 2009 and joined "The Armory" [1] in Jupiter, Florida.

Barboza's professional MMA career began in April 2009 in Tampa, Florida, when he defeated Aaron Steadman via TKO due to punches midway through the first round. Barboza then defeated Lee King twice in the Renaissance MMA promotion, first via second round knockout, then submission.

Ring of Combat[edit]

Barboza then joined New Jersey-based promotion Ring of Combat, making his promotional debut at Ring of Combat 28 against Nabih Barakat. Barboza knocked Barakat out in 69 seconds.

After another knockout victory outside of Ring of Combat, Barboza challenged for the Ring of Combat Lightweight title against Marcelo Guidici. Barboza utilized leg kicks to claim a TKO victory due to the damage inflicted on Guidici's legs.[3]

Barboza's first title defense was originally scheduled for Ring of Combat 31, against Mikhail Malyutin,[4] but, due to his signing with the UFC, he was replaced by Luiz Azeredo.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Barboza was expected to make his UFC debut against Darren Elkins on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123.[6] However, Elkins was forced from the card with an injury and replaced by newcomer Mike Lullo.[7] The bout was fairly even in the opening round, with Lullo attempting a gogoplata from bottom position. In the second, Barboza landed multiple leg kicks, two of which dropped Lullo. Shortly into the third round, Barboza defeated Lullo by TKO due to leg kicks.[8]

Barboza faced Anthony Njokuani on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128[9] and won by unanimous decision. The bout earned both fighters "Fight of the Night" bonus awards.

Barboza defeated Ross Pearson at UFC 134 via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).[10]

Barboza defeated Terry Etim via third round knockout with a spinning wheel kick on January 14, 2012, at UFC 142. Commentator Joe Rogan said it may be the first spinning wheel kick knockout in the UFC. The kick won Barboza the "Knockout of the Night" award. The back and forth action earned both fighters "Fight of the Night" awards.

Barboza was expected to face Evan Dunham on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146,[11] but Dunham dropped out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by returning veteran Jamie Varner.[12] Barboza suffered his first professional MMA loss to Varner via first round TKO.

Barboza was expected to face Justin Salas on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7.[13] However, Salas was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Lucas Martins. Barboza defeated Martins via submission due to punches at 2:38 of the opening round.[14]

Barboza was scheduled to face John Makdessi on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162 but an injury forced Makdessi off the card. He instead faced Rafaello Oliveira [15] Barboza was victorious with a second round TKO due to leg kicks.

Barboza is expected to face Danny Castillo on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.[16]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Muay Thai[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win12–1Rafaello OliveiraTKO (leg kicks)UFC 162July 6, 201321:44Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win11–1Lucas MartinsSubmission (punches)UFC on FX: Belfort vs. BispingJanuary 19, 201312:38São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Loss10–1Jamie VarnerTKO (punches)UFC 146May 26, 201213:23Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win10–0Terry EtimKO (spinning wheel kick)UFC 142January 14, 201232:02Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFight of the Night and Knockout of the Night. Knockout of the Year (2012).
Win9–0Ross PearsonDecision (split)UFC 134August 27, 201135:00Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFight of the Night
Win8–0Anthony NjokuaniDecision (unanimous)UFC 128March 19, 201135:00Newark, New Jersey, United StatesFight of the Night
Win7–0Mike LulloTKO (leg kicks)UFC 123November 20, 201030:26Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win6–0Marcelo GuidiciTKO (leg kicks)Ring of Combat 30June 11, 201013:01Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWon the Ring of Combat Lightweight Championship.
Win5–0Jose FigueroaKO (punch)Renaissance MMA 16March 5, 201013:55New Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesDefended the Renaissance MMA Lightweight Championship.
Win4–0Nabih BarakatKO (punches)Ring of Combat 28February 19, 201011:09Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win3–0Lee KingSubmission (anaconda choke)Renaissance MMA 15November 20, 200912:04New Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesDefended the Renaissance MMA Lightweight Championship.
Win2–0Lee KingKO (punches)Renaissance MMA 12June 13, 200921:14New Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesWon the Renaissance MMA Lightweight Championship.
Win1–0Aaron SteadmanTKO (punches)RFC 17: Street KingsApril 17, 200913:10Tampa, Florida, United States
  1. ^ a b "Featured up-and-comer: Edson Barboza". thegarv.com. July 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Fight Path: The UFCs incredible, incomparable Edson Mendes Junior". mmajunkie.com. September 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "LaFlare, Hall, Barboza, Pace take ROC titles". sherdog.com. June 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "10 September Tussles Worth Watching". sherdog.com. September 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ring of Combat XXXI titles". mixedmartialarts.com. September 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Darren Elkins vs. newcomer Edson Barboza planned for UFC 123 event". mmajunkie.com. September 9, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Darren Elkins out, newcomer Mike Lullo in for UFC 123 prelims". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  8. ^ "UFC 123 preliminary card recap: Brian Foster taps Matt Brown in second". mmajunkie.com. November 20, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani targeted for UFC 128 in March". mmajunkie.com. December 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ "WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Sunderland UFC star Ross Pearson ready for war in Rio". Sunderland Echo. April 19, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Evan Dunham vs. Edson Barboza added to UFC 146 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. February 19, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Jamie Varner Replaces Injured Evan Dunham at UFC 146". 5thround.com. May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Edson Barboza-Justin Salas Targeted For UFC Brazil In January". fightline.com. November 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Justin Salas out of UFC on FX 7, Edson Barboza now meets newcomer Lucas Martins". MMAjunkie.com. January 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ "John Makdessi out of UFC 162 and Edson Barboza now faces Rafaello Oliveira". themmareport.com. May 30, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ Staff (2013-09-18). "Danny Castillo meets Edson Barboza at UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  17. ^ http://br.ufc.com/news/Ten-Best-2012-Knockouts-of-the-Year | UFC.com | Retrieved January 10th, 2013
  18. ^ http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/07/ufcs-edson-barboza-says-2012-espy-nomination-is-a-win-for-mma
  19. ^ http://mmavalor.com/2012/12/31/the-mma-valor-2012-year-end-awards/
  20. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Sherdogcoms-2012-Knockout-of-the-Year-48737/

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