Edson Barboza
Junior

Brazil

Victim of tough decision
FeatherweightUFC
May 16, 2020
Barboza lost to Dan Ige via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It was Barboza's featherweight debut following more than a decade at lightweight, and he deserved a better fate than he received. Edson clearly took Round 1 and probably took Round 2. Ige connected with all sorts of combinations, but it was Barboza who landed the harder shots. He landed plenty of his trademark leg kicks and appeared to have Ige in legitimate trouble on multiple occasions. Barboza slowed down a bit in Round 3, but his work over the course of the first ten minutes should have been enough to earn him the decision. Edson has been tough to figure out of late. His record in his last six fights is an abysmal 1-5, but the losses have come against elite competition (Ige, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje, Kevin Lee, Paul Felder), and the victory was over a top contender in Dan Hooker. The good news is that Barboza -- who was a big lightweight -- made the 146-pound featherweight limit without issue. He should stay there for his next fight.
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Looking good at 145
FeatherweightUFC
May 15, 2020
Barboza weighed in at 145.5 pounds on Friday morning in advance of his featherweight debut against Dan Ige, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Barboza was always considered big even for the lightweight division, standing at 5-foot-11 with a 75-inch reach. It was uncertain how he might transition to featherweight, but he hit the scales early and looked good doing so. He's currently listed as a (-130) betting favorite for his matchup with Dan Ige, and will enter that bout with four-inch advantages in height and reach.
Facing Ige in featherweight debut
FeatherweightUFC
April 27, 2020
Barboza (20-8-0) is slated to face Dan Ige (13-2-0) in a featherweight fight May 16 at the UFC Fight Night event in Jacksonville, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Barboza will be making his featherweight debut next month for what will be the third of at least three consecutive UFC events set to take place in Jacksonville. The 34-year-old Brazilian opted to drop down from the lightweight ranks after losing four times in his last five fights.
Dropping to featherweight
FeatherweightUFC
December 31, 2019
Barboza will drop to featherweight ahead of his next fight, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 33-year-old has dropped four of his last five fights, and he will now try something new by moving to a different weight class. His manager said that Barboza would often have to drop a significant amount of weight prior to his fights at the lightweight division, so a drop to featherweight wouldn't be incredibly difficult. Barboza's next fight is still yet to be booked.
Continues slide in close loss
FeatherweightUFC
September 7, 2019
Barboza lost to Paul Felder via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 27-30) at The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Barboza came out on the winning end of a split decision the first time these two met in 2012, but it wasn't to be in this instance, as Felder continually pushed "Junior" back and generally outboxed him in the final two rounds. Barboza had his share of success, of course, but his shots just didn't seem to effect Felder as badly, which may be the reason "The Irish Dragon" was given the nod. Once thought of as a mainstay at the top of the division, Barboza has now lost three of his last four fights. He will be dangerous for as long as he steps into the cage, but he is a long way from challenging for a title. He falls to 20-8 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Booked for rematch with Paul Felder
FeatherweightUFC
July 9, 2019
Barboza will take on Paul Felder in a lightweight bout at UFC 242 on Sept. 7.
ANALYSIS
It's been a tough stretch for Barboza, who has lost three of his last four fights since early 2017. He most recently was knocked out in the first round of his fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC on ESPN 2 back in March, and his struggles in the deep lightweight division are increasing along with his age. This will be the second time Barboza has gone up against Felder. He was victorious in the first go around via unanimous decision back in 2015, winning the striking battle 64-to-47 in that matchup. Of those 64 significant strikes, 23 of them landed to the legs of Felder. Barboza will need to get back to his trademark leg kicks should he intend to see the same result this time around.