It’s been a few years since Edson Barboza finished an opponent, but the lightweight contender is reminding folks he remains one of the most dangerous strikers in the game.
Barboza is booked to fight Beneil Dariush this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 106, which will take place in Fortaleza, Brazil. It’s a pivotal fight for both, considering Barboza is ranked #5 and Dariush is sitting in the #8 spot.
Although Barboza is coming off consecutive victories over notable opponents in Gilbert Melendez and former UFC champ, Anthony Pettis, both of those wins came via UD. The last time Barboza stopped an opponent was back in 2014, when he took out Evan Dunham at UFC FN 45.
Well, recently Barboza spoke to MMA Junkie about his recent performances, and the vaunted kickboxer said this:
“The higher the level of my opponents, the harder it is to get a knockout or submission,” Barboza said. “My last two opponents were some of the best in the world. They have very few losses by knockout or submission. The closer to the top of the pyramid, the harder it gets. But all I need is one chance. If I get that one chance, I’ll get the finish – against anyone.”
Yup. It would be pretty foolish to underestimate how lethal Barboza can be. Not only does he have some of most vicious leg kicks in the game, Barboza can also brutalize opponents with headkicks as well. Just ask Terry Etim.
It will be interesting to see how Dariush approaches this fight. The lightweight’s high level ground game is well documented, but Dariush also has a dangerous striking game as well. Dariush is coming off a decision win over Rashid Magomedov, which followed a KO win over James Vick.