Edson Barboza is now 2-1 since dropping right down to the featherweight division and at present sports activities back-to-back wins over Makwan Amirkhani and Shane Burgos, the latter of which got here by means of third-round knockout at UFC 262.
That ought to be sufficient to propel the previous light-weight right into a High 5 battle towards a few of the largest names within the division, like former champion Max Holloway, assuming matchmakers credit score him for time served at 155 kilos.
“Make a combat, me and Holloway, 5 rounds, that might be loopy,” Barboza advised MMA Junkie. “That may be 100% folks would love this combat. Me towards (Calvin) Kattar, me towards (Yair) Rodriguez. I actually consider I deserve a High 5 man as a result of my final two fights.”
Along with his victory at UFC 262, Barboza improved 4 spots to No. 9 in the 145-pound rankings. That also places him out of attain relating to the No. 1-ranked Holloway, and maybe even Rodriguez (No. 3), making Kattar (No. 5) the extra doubtless choice.
If Barboza goes to make a run on the 145-pound title, at present held by Alexander Volkanovski, he’ll want matchmakers to assist expedite his request. The Brazilian turned 35 again in January and could also be within the midst of his last leg as a championship contender.