1 Submissions ( 11.11 %)
2 Decisions ( 22.22 %)
Edson Barboza In The News
Posted on February 20, 2012
Edson Barboza Profile
Edson Barboza started training Muay Thai in Nova Friburgo, Brazil in his mid teens. Before his mixed martial arts career ever started he had amassed a 28 fight kick boxing record. With only 3 losses, he put together 25 wins with 22 of them being by knock out. Out of the 22 KOs, 17 of them were inside the first round. Realizing he had a knack for putting fist and foot to face, in 2009 he picked up and moved to Jupiter, Florida where he began training at The Armory.
Barboza adapted his style to the cage fairly easy. He started training jiu-jitsu, and is currently a purple belt, and began fighting in regional events around Florida and New Orleans. After his first win, since it was a KO win early in the fight, he was able to take another fight pretty quickly. He ended up defeating Lee King consecutively under the Renaissance MMA banner, and started taking fights under the Ring of Combat promotion. Besides his first fight King, he was finishing all of his fights in the first round. He was quickly given a crack at the Ring of Combat champion, and Barboza showed up with same killer instinct that he displayed all through out his Muay Thai career. With a viscous barage of leg kicks, Barboza defeated Marcelo Guidici in the first round becoming the Ring of Combat champion.
After going 6-0, and finishing everyone, Barboza drew the attention of the UFC, and was booked to fight Darren Elkins at UFC 123 in Detroit, Michigan. Elkins was forced to pull out out of the fight weeks out, but fellow new comer Mike Lullo stepped up to the plate and took the fight. Using the same strategy as he did in his championship fight, Barboza took aim at Lullo’s legs and dropped him twice in the second round with them. Many in attendance didn’t think Lullo would make the bell in the third round because his legs were so beat up, but he did and he ate a few more leg kicks for his troubles and giving Barboza his first UFC win in the third round by TKO. Barboza was then scheduled to face Anthony Njokuani at UFC 128, and Barboza came to fight. In a close fight, and his first fight to ever see the judges scorecard, Barboza won the third round and defeated the WEC standout by unanimous decision.
Barboza is now scheduled to fight The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Winner Ross Pearson at UFC 134 in Brazil.