Edson Barboza

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Edson Barboza
Born Edson Mendes Barboza Junior
(1986-01-21) January 21, 1986 (age 29)
Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names Junior[1]
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Welterweight (Kickboxing)
Super Welterweight (Kickboxing)
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)[2]
Team Valor MMA
Ricardo Almeida BJJ [3]
Rank Black belt in Taekwondo[4]
Black prajied in Muay Thai[4]
Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[4]
Years active 2009–present
Kickboxing record
Total 28
Wins 25
By knockout 22
Losses 3
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 15
By knockout 9
By submission 2
By decision 4
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Edson Mendes Barboza Jr. (born January 21, 1986)[5] 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. As of November 24, 2014, he is #6 in official UFC lightweight rankings.[6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]


Barboza comes from Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro. Though his primary discipline is Muay Thai, he first started taekwondo when he was 3 years old. At age of 5 he began practicing and competing in 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.[7]

Barboza's first title defense was originally scheduled for Ring of Combat 31, against Mikhail Malyutin,[8] but, due to his signing with the UFC, he was replaced by Luiz Azeredo.[9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Barboza was expected to make his UFC debut against Darren Elkins on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123.[10] However, Elkins was forced from the card with an injury and replaced by newcomer Mike Lullo.[11] 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.[12]

Barboza faced Anthony Njokuani on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128[13] 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).[14]

Barboza defeated Terry Etim via third round knockout with a wheel kick on January 14, 2012, at UFC 142.[15] 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,[16] but Dunham dropped out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by returning veteran Jamie Varner.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

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 [20] Barboza was victorious with a second round TKO due to leg kicks.

Barboza faced Danny Castillo on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.[21] After a dominant first round put in by Castillo, where he nearly finished Barboza via strikes and then with a submission attempt, Barboza rallied back to win the second and third rounds, and was awarded a majority decision. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[22]

Barboza faced Donald Cerrone on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.[23] Despite rocking Cerrone several times in the first few minutes, Barboza was dropped by a jab and eventually lost to a rear-naked choke submission.[24]

Barboza faced Evan Dunham on July 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 45.[25] Barboza won the fight via TKO in the first round, after landing a body kick and subsequent punches to the head.[26]

Barboza faced Bobby Green on November 22, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57.[27] Barboza won the fight via unanimous decision, after winning all three rounds with his striking.[28]

Barboza faced Michael Johnson on February 22, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 61.[29] Barboza lost the bout by unanimous decision.[30]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Renaissance MMA
    • Renaissance MMA Lightweight Championship (One time)
    • Two successful title defenses
  • Ring of Combat
    • Ring of Combat Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • MMAValor.com
    • 2012 Knockout of the Year [33]

Muay Thai[edit]

  • GP Demolition Fight Champion - (Brazil's biggest event (São Paulo): 3 fights: 3 victories, 2 coming by KO)
  • Three time state champion (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Brazilian Champion
  • Brazilian Circuit Champion
  • Campos Open Champion (Campos)
  • Torneio Castelo das Pedras Champion (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Two time Copa Ciam Champion (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Niteroense Champion
  • Cabo Fight Champion (Cabo Frio)
  • Conquista Fight Champion (Bahia)
  • Two time Demolition Fight Champion (São Paulo)
  • Copa Thai Boxing de Muay Thai Champion. (Niterói)
  • Festival de Muay Thai Champion (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Runner up in GP La Gara (São Paulo): 4 fight: 3 victories 2 by KO.
  • Mountain Champion: first round KO

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–3 Michael Johnson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir February 22, 2015 3 5:00 Porto Alegre, Brazil
Win 15–2 Bobby Green Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson November 22, 2014 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 14–2 Evan Dunham TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller July 16, 2014 1 3:06 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 13–2 Donald Cerrone Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 1 3:15 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 13–1 Danny Castillo Decision (majority) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 December 14, 2013 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–1 Rafaello Oliveira TKO (leg kicks) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 2 1:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1 Lucas Martins Submission (punches) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping January 19, 2013 1 2:38 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 10–1 Jamie Varner TKO (punches) UFC 146 May 26, 2012 1 3:23 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–0 Terry Etim KO (wheel kick) UFC 142 January 14, 2012 3 2:02 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fight of the Night. Knockout of the Night. Knockout of the Year (2012).
Win 9–0 Ross Pearson Decision (split) UFC 134 August 27, 2011 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Win 8–0 Anthony Njokuani Decision (unanimous) UFC 128 March 19, 2011 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 7–0 Mike Lullo TKO (leg kicks) UFC 123 November 20, 2010 3 0:26 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 6–0 Marcelo Guidici TKO (leg kicks) Ring of Combat 30 June 11, 2010 1 3:01 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the Ring of Combat Lightweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Jose Figueroa KO (punch) Renaissance MMA 16 March 5, 2010 1 3:55 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Defended the Renaissance MMA Lightweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Nabih Barakat KO (punches) Ring of Combat 28 February 19, 2010 1 1:09 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Lee King Submission (anaconda choke) Renaissance MMA 15 November 20, 2009 1 2:04 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Defended the Renaissance MMA Lightweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Lee King KO (punches) Renaissance MMA 12 June 13, 2009 2 1:14 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Won the Renaissance MMA Lightweight Championship.
Win 1–0 Aaron Steadman TKO (punches) Real Fighting Championships 17 April 17, 2009 1 3:10 Tampa, Florida, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Featured up-and-comer: Edson Barboza". thegarv.com. July 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Werdum vs. Browne". UFC.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/edson-barboza-found-a-team-in-new-jersey-and-a-mentor-in-frankie-edgar
  4. ^ a b c Christopher Deraney (July 3, 2013). "UFC 162 Prelim Card: Edson Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira". MMA Convert. 
  5. ^ "Fight Path: The UFCs incredible, incomparable Edson Mendes Junior". mmajunkie.com. September 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Fighter Rankings". UFC.com. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ "LaFlare, Hall, Barboza, Pace take ROC titles". sherdog.com. June 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ "10 September Tussles Worth Watching". sherdog.com. September 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ring of Combat XXXI titles". mixedmartialarts.com. September 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Darren Elkins vs. newcomer Edson Barboza planned for UFC 123 event". mmajunkie.com. September 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Darren Elkins out, newcomer Mike Lullo in for UFC 123 prelims". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  12. ^ "UFC 123 preliminary card recap: Brian Foster taps Matt Brown in second". mmajunkie.com. November 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani targeted for UFC 128 in March". mmajunkie.com. December 28, 2010. 
  14. ^ "WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Sunderland UFC star Ross Pearson ready for war in Rio". Sunderland Echo. April 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ Staff (2012-01-12). "UFC 142 results: Edson Barboza blasts Terry Etim with spinning wheel kick". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  16. ^ "Evan Dunham vs. Edson Barboza added to UFC 146 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. February 19, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Jamie Varner Replaces Injured Evan Dunham at UFC 146". 5thround.com. May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Edson Barboza-Justin Salas Targeted For UFC Brazil In January". fightline.com. November 2, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Justin Salas out of UFC on FX 7, Edson Barboza now meets newcomer Lucas Martins". MMAjunkie.com. January 2, 2013. 
  20. ^ "John Makdessi out of UFC 162 and Edson Barboza now faces Rafaello Oliveira". themmareport.com. May 30, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  21. ^ Staff (2013-09-18). "Danny Castillo meets Edson Barboza at UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  22. ^ Staff (2013-12-14). "Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo". mmadecisions.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  23. ^ Dave Doyle (2014-02-03). "Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza announced for UFC on FOX 11". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  24. ^ Josh Sanchez (2014-04-19). "UFC on FOX 11 results: Donald Cerrone chokes out Edson Barboza in wild first round". fansided.com. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  25. ^ Tom Ngo (2014-05-06). "Edson Barboza Battles Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night Atlantic City". 5thround.com. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  26. ^ Steven Marrocco (2014-07-16). "UFC Fight Night 45 results: Edson Barboza crumples Evan Dunham with body kick". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  27. ^ Dave Doyle (2014-09-24). "Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza set to tangle in Texas UFC Fight Night card". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  28. ^ Gene Mrosko (2014-11-23). "UFC Fight Night 57 results: Bobby Green taunts Edson Barboza, gets kicked in the skull and loses decision". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2014-11-23. 
  29. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2014-12-28). "Edson Barboza vs. Michael Johnson slated for UFC Fight Night 61". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  30. ^ Mookie Alexander (2015-02-22). "UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir results - Michael Johnson too much for Edson Barboza to handle". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  31. ^ http://br.ufc.com/news/Ten-Best-2012-Knockouts-of-the-Year | UFC.com | Retrieved January 10th, 2013
  32. ^ http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/07/ufcs-edson-barboza-says-2012-espy-nomination-is-a-win-for-mma
  33. ^ http://mmavalor.com/2012/12/31/the-mma-valor-2012-year-end-awards/
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  35. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Sherdogcoms-2012-Knockout-of-the-Year-48737/

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