Edson Barboza Believes He’s on His “Way to a Title Shot”, Following Memorable, UFC 262 Win
By FCF Staff
After recording his second win at featherweight this past Saturday, in jaw-dropping fashion, Edson Barboza believes he’s en route to fighting for a title.
The longtime, lightweight contender took on Shane Burgos at UFC 262, and finished the slug fest in round three with a flurry of punches. The victory was Barboza’s second straight at 145, since he down to the weight class in 2020.
Following the fight, the Brazilian had this to say about his title shot prospects (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“I think I’m on the way – I’m on the way to a title shot,” Barboza said. “I have 24 fights in the UFC. I feel better and better. I truly believe I won the last three fights at 145. Dan Ige is a top 10. Burgos is a top 10. I’m really on the way to get the title shot.”
Saturday’s contest ended in bizarre fashion, as Burgos appeared to absorb a booming hook in round three, before crumpling to the canvas several moments later. While reflecting on the fight’s end, Barboz said this.
“I really don’t understand. I know I connected a good one because I felt it – but I felt like he shook a little bit and something happened and he went again and then went down. So I was like, ‘OK, let’s go finish him.’ I need to watch it because I really don’t know what happened. I connected with the right overhand, but I don’t remember.”
The 35-year-old Barboza moved his overall record to 22-9 with the win at UFC 262. The Brazilian fighter was rannked #13 in the featherweight division, heading into the card.