UFC lightweight contender Edson Barboza who is coming off a fifth-round TKO loss to Kevin Lee in the main event of UFC Atlantic City on April 21. Prior to that, Brazilian striker suffered a brutal loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov back in December at UFC 219. Barboza has now dropped two in a row in absolutely devastating fashion.
Regardless of two dominant losses in a row, Barboza is not slowing down; you heard that right.
“My plan is to fight again as soon as possible. I love what I do and I’m still motivated and hungry to keep training and getting better,” Barboza told MMA Fighting. “I want to fight at least two times more this year.”
With his recent loss, Barboza dropped down at the UFC official rankings to number six. Brazilian believes he is still close to the lightweight championship and eyeing a top ten opponent whose style matches his upon his return.
“I still am one of the best of the division,” Barboza said. “The division is jammed. I honestly don’t think much has changed. I gave a few steps back, away from my title shot, but I’m still close, I’m still at the top.”
“I honestly think I can beat anyone in my division,” he continued. “I’m upset with this loss and every other loss I had because I know I could have defeated then all. What other people think doesn’t matter to me. I know I can beat anyone in this division.”
Barboza holds a professional record of 19-6, with 12 wins by stoppage.