|Born||Edson Mendes Barboza Junior
January 21, 1986
Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||75 in (190 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Taekwondo|
|Fighting out of||Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Team||Ricardo Almeida / Valor MMA|
|Rank||Black belt in Taekwondo
Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Black Prajied in Muay Thai
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Edson Mendes Barboza Jr. (born January 21, 1986), better known as Edson Barboza, 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 
Barboza comes from Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro. His fighting style incorporates Muay Thai and Taekwondo. His professional Muay Thai record is 25-3 with 22 victories by knockout and 17 first round finishes. Barboza moved to the United States in January 2009 and joined "The Armory"  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 
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship 
Barboza was expected to make his UFC debut against Darren Elkins on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123. However, Elkins was forced from the card with an injury and replaced by newcomer Mike Lullo. 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.
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, but Dunham dropped out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by returning veteran Jamie Varner. 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. 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.
Championships and achievements 
Mixed martial arts 
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Renaissance MMA
- Renaissance MMA Lightweight Championship (One time)
- Two successful title defenses
- Ring of Combat
- Ring of Combat Lightweight Championship (One time)
- World MMA Awards
- 2012 Knockout of the Year
- 2012 Knockout of the Year 
Muay Thai 
- 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)
- Submission Wrestling Champion (São João da Barra)
- 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 
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||11 wins||1 loss|
|Win||11–1||Lucas Martins||KO (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: dos Santos vs. Mir||May 26, 2012||1||3:23||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–0||Terry Etim||KO (spinning wheel kick)||UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes||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: Silva vs. Okami||August 27, 2011||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Fight of the Night|
|Win||8–0||Anthony Njokuani||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones||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: Rampage vs. Machida||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)||RFC 17: Street Kings||April 17, 2009||1||3:34||Tampa, Florida, United States|
- "Featured up-and-comer: Edson Barboza". thegarv.com. July 21, 2010.
- "Fight Path: The UFCs incredible, incomparable Edson Mendes Junior". mmajunkie.com. September 23, 2010.
- "LaFlare, Hall, Barboza, Pace take ROC titles". sherdog.com. June 11, 2010.
- "10 September Tussles Worth Watching". sherdog.com. September 1, 2010.
- "Ring of Combat XXXI titles". mixedmartialarts.com. September 15, 2010.
- "Darren Elkins vs. newcomer Edson Barboza planned for UFC 123 event". mmajunkie.com. September 9, 2010.
- "Darren Elkins out, newcomer Mike Lullo in for UFC 123 prelims". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
- "UFC 123 preliminary card recap: Brian Foster taps Matt Brown in second". mmajunkie.com. November 20, 2010.
- "Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani targeted for UFC 128 in March". mmajunkie.com. December 28, 2010.
- "WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Sunderland UFC star Ross Pearson ready for war in Rio". Sunderland Echo. April 19, 2011.
- "Evan Dunham vs. Edson Barboza added to UFC 146 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. February 19, 2012.
- "Jamie Varner Replaces Injured Evan Dunham at UFC 146". 5thround.com. May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
- "Edson Barboza-Justin Salas Targeted For UFC Brazil In January". fightline.com. November 2, 2012.
- "Justin Salas out of UFC on FX 7, Edson Barboza now meets newcomer Lucas Martins". MMAjunkie.com. January 2, 2013.
- Staff (April 12, 2013). "UFC 162 adds lightweights Edson Barboza vs. John Makdessi". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
- http://br.ufc.com/news/Ten-Best-2012-Knockouts-of-the-Year | UFC.com | Retrieved January 10th, 2013