Fans of Frankie Edgar, rejoice!
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion has (once again) enlisted dangerous and powerful Muay Thai striker Edson Barboza to help prepare him for his upcoming UFC 156 showdown against Jose Aldo on Feb. 2, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And as Barboza explains to MMA Weekly, it's a two-way street.
"He’s the champ, he’s been the champ for a long time, that’s a big difference. Now I know I have good training partners and good coaches. Frankie he won the last fight with Ben Henderson, he’s the best. I train with him every day. Every day he picks me up at my house for training. Training in the morning, training in the afternoon, training at night, helping me with everything. He’s helped me; I’ve helped him. We’ve stuck together."
The 26 year old will take on Lucas Martins later this month at UFC on FX 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil (more on that fight here). See footage from their training camp in Edgar's latest video blog right here:
Barboza, like the featherweight champion, is known for his brutal leg kicks. He is most notorious for having the first knockout by spinning wheel kick in Octagon history over Terry Etim back at UFC 142. The powerful leg kicks and heavy hands of the Brazilian striker should help condition Edgar for the toughest fight of his career next month in "Sin City."