Edson Barboza

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Edson Barboza
Born (1986-01-21) January 21, 1986 (age 32)
Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesJunior[1]
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach75 in (190 cm)[2]
StyleTaekwondo, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofNova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
TeamRicardo Almeida BJJ
American Top Team[3]
TrainerMuay Thai: Anderson França[4]
Boxing: Mark Henry[5][6]
Jiu-Jitsu: Ricardo Almeida[5][6]
RankBlack belt in Taekwondo[7]
Black prajied in Muay Thai[7] under Anderson França[1]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Almeida[8]
Years active2009–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout22
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout11
By submission1
By decision7
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Edson Mendes Barboza Jr. (born January 21, 1986)[9] is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai kickboxer who competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of October 31, 2018, he is #5 in the official UFC lightweight rankings.[10]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]


Barboza comes from Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro.[6] He was born prematurely at 28 weeks, and was given a 50/50 chance of surviving past infancy.[11][12] At the age of 8, he began practicing and competing in Muay Thai.[6] 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.[1]

Barboza's professional MMA career began in April 2009 in Tampa, Florida, where he defeated Aaron Steadman via TKO in the first round. Barboza then defeated Lee King in the Renaissance MMA promotion, claiming the lightweight title via second-round KO. He defended the belt against King later that year, winning via submission in the first round.

Ring of Combat[edit]

Barboza went on to join New Jersey-based promotion Ring of Combat, making his promotional debut at Ring of Combat 28 against Nabih Barakat. He won the fight via KO just over a minute into the first round.

After a second successful title defense in Renaissance MMA, Barboza challenged for the Ring of Combat lightweight belt against Marcelo Guidici. He won the fight via TKO due to leg kicks in the first round.[13]

Barboza's first title defense was originally scheduled for Ring of Combat 31, against Mikhail Malyutin,[14] but, due to his signing with the UFC, he was replaced by Luiz Azeredo.[15]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Barboza was expected to make his UFC debut against Darren Elkins on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123.[16] However, Elkins was forced from the card with an injury and replaced by newcomer Mike Lullo.[17] Shortly into the third round, Barboza defeated Lullo by TKO due to leg kicks.

Barboza faced Anthony Njokuani on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128,[18] winning by unanimous decision. Both fighters earned Fight of the Night honors.

Barboza defeated Ross Pearson at UFC 134 via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).[19] Both fighters earned Fight of the Night bonus honors.

Barboza next faced Terry Etim on January 14, 2012, at UFC 142. He defeated Etim by KO in the third round, becoming the first fighter in UFC history to finish an opponent via wheel kick.[20] The win earned Barboza his first Knockout of the Night bonus award, and several media outlets ranked it as the top knockout of 2012.

Barboza was expected to face Evan Dunham on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146,[21] but Dunham dropped out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by returning veteran Jamie Varner.[22] Barboza suffered his first professional MMA loss via Knockout in the first round.

Barboza was expected to face Justin Salas on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7.[23] However, Salas was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Lucas Martins.[24] Barboza defeated Martins via TKO (retirement) at 2:38 of the first round.

Barboza was scheduled to face John Makdessi on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162, but an injury forced Makdessi off the card and he was subsequently replaced by Rafaello Oliveira.[25] Barboza won the fight by TKO due to leg kicks in the second round.

Barboza faced Danny Castillo on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.[26] 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.[27] Subsequently, both fighters earned Fight of the Night honors.

Barboza faced Donald Cerrone on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.[28] Despite finding early success with his striking, Barboza was knocked down by a jab and lost via submission at 3:15 of the first round.[29]

Barboza faced Evan Dunham on July 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 45.[30] He won the fight via TKO in the first round after hurting Dunham with a body kick and landing subsequent punches to the head.[31]

Barboza faced Bobby Green on November 22, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57.[32] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

Barboza faced Michael Johnson on February 22, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 61.[34] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[35]

Barboza was expected to face Myles Jury on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox 16, replacing an injured Anthony Pettis.[36] However, Jury himself had to pull out due to injury and was subsequently replaced by undefeated Paul Felder.[37] Barboza won the fight via unanimous decision. He also earned his fifth Fight of the Night bonus award.[38][39] UFC President Dana White gave Barboza and Felder high praise afterwards, calling the fight "incredible."[40]

Barboza faced Tony Ferguson on December 11, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale, replacing an injured Khabib Nurmagomedov.[41] After a back-and-forth first round that saw Ferguson docked one point due to an illegal upkick, Barboza lost the fight via submission in the second round.[42] Subsequently, both fighters earned Fight of the Night honors.[43]

Barboza faced Anthony Pettis on April 23, 2016 at UFC 197.[44] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[45]

Barboza faced Gilbert Melendez on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20.[46] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[47]

Barboza faced Beneil Dariush on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106.[48] He won the fight via knockout due to a flying knee in the second round.[49] Subsequently, he earned his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[50]

Barboza faced Khabib Nurmagomedov on December 30, 2017, at UFC 219.[51] He lost the one-sided fight by unanimous decision.[52]

Barboza faced Kevin Lee on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[53] At the weigh-ins, Lee weighed in at 157 pounds, one pound over the lightweight non-title fight upper limit of 156 pounds. Subsequently, the bout proceeded at catchweight, and Lee forfeited 20% of his purse to Barboza.[54] Barboza lost the fight via doctor stoppage at 2:18 of the fifth round.[55]

Barboza is scheduled to face Dan Hooker on December 15, 2018 at UFC on Fox 31.[56]

Fighting style[edit]

Described as a "dyed-in-the-wool striker,"[57] Barboza is known for his dangerous kicking game.[58] UFC color commentator Joe Rogan has stated that Barboza is "probably the best kicker in MMA."[59] He scored the first wheel kick knockout in UFC history, and is the only fighter to finish multiple UFC bouts via leg kicks.[60] Barboza is also known for his effective use of switch kicks, which have been labeled "exceptionally quick"[61] and "ferocious."[38]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Muay Thai[edit]

  • GP Demolition Fight Champion (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
  • 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 fights, 3 victories, 2 coming by KO)
  • Mountain Champion: first-round KO

Submission grappling[edit]

  • Submission Wrestling Champion (São João da Barra)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–6 Kevin Lee TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee April 21, 2018 5 2:18 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Catchweight (157 lbs) bout; Lee missed weight.
Loss 19–5 Khabib Nurmagomedov Decision (unanimous) UFC 219 December 30, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–4 Beneil Dariush KO (flying knee) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum March 11, 2017 2 3:35 Fortaleza, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 18–4 Gilbert Melendez Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 17–4 Anthony Pettis Decision (unanimous) UFC 197 April 23, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 16–4 Tony Ferguson Submission (D'Arce choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale December 11, 2015 2 2:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 16–3 Paul Felder Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 July 25, 2015 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States Fight of the Night.
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 TKO (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 Knockout of the Night. Fight of the Night.
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 (flying knee and punches) Real Fighting Championships 17 April 17, 2009 1 3:34 Tampa, Florida, United States

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