Edson Barboza wants ‘crazy’ Max Holloway matchup, but any top 5 name works


Edson Barboza has a easy request after successful at UFC 262, and that’s a top-ranked title within the featherweight division.

Barboza (22-9 MMA, 16-9 UFC) moved to 2-1 since dropping right down to 145 kilos when he earned a third-round TKO of Shane Burgos at this previous Saturday’s occasion in Houston. The Brazilian fighter has been within the promotion for greater than a decade, and he’s fought a number of the largest and greatest names alongside the best way.

What Barboza desires now is similar therapy to proceed – with no easing up. He thinks he’s confirmed himself after leaving his longtime residence of light-weight in a profession reinvention, and now he desires somebody with a top-five rating connected to their title.

“You may see the highest 5 guys: Calvin Kattar, Yair Rodriguez, Zabit (Magomedsharipov), ‘Korean (Zombie)’, Max Holloway,” Barboza advised MMA Junkie Radio. “That’s a principal occasion. That’s a pay-per-view combat, for positive. UFC at all times provides me an opportunity to combat the very best guys at 155. I hope they offer me the possibility to combat the very best guys at 145.”

Barboza stated he’s not choosy. Of the names above, solely “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung has a combat booked, as he’s scheduled to satisfy Dan Ige within the UFC Combat Evening headliner on June 19. There are a number of different names obtainable, but when Barboza had his decide, he’s fairly intrigued by former longtime UFC champ Holloway (22-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC).

“Make a combat me and Holloway, 5 rounds, that might be loopy,” Barboza stated. “That will be (one the place) one hundred pc individuals would love this combat. Me in opposition to Kattar, me in opposition to Rodriguez. I actually consider I actually deserve a top-five man as a result of my final two fights – I beat Ige, (who) was a prime 10. Now I beat Burgos, he’s a prime 10. I consider all my historical past with my performances, I actually deserve a top-five subsequent.”

Contemporary off the massive win over Burgos within the UFC 262 “Combat of the Evening,” Barboza will take one week off coaching earlier than getting again work at American Prime Staff. If he has his means, he’ll be booked for the subsequent one quickly after.

“I feel I noticed a card on the Aug. 27 or one thing like that,” Barboza stated. “That’s going to be excellent. Relaxation this week, again to coaching subsequent week. Finish of August going to be excellent to get again to combat.”


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