Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender, Edson Barboza, got brutalized by Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 219 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But still managed to hold on to his No. 4 ranking.
Probably because the Brazilian was felled by the undefeated “Eagle,” who sits two places above him and hasn’t tasted defeat in 25 professional fights. So, with that in mind, Barboza wants to put that loss in the rear-view mirror and try to prove he’s worthy of his top-five ranking.
“I didn’t even take any medicine after the fight,” Barboza told MMAjunkie.com. “I have no injuries and no doubt I want to be back as soon as possible. Mid-March, the end of March, that would be very cool. There’s (Justin) Gaethje, there’s (Kevin) Lee, there are some people there. So whomever’s around, I’ll fight, for sure.”
The loss to Nurmagomedov snapped a three-fight win streak for Barboza (19-5), who’s been busting heads inside the Octagon for more than seven years. Now 31, the Brazilian striker has 11 wins by knockout/technical knockout against just one by submission.
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