Edson Barboza makes his debut as a featherweight after a future within the UFC light-weight division when he takes on Dan Ige on Could 16. However the harmful striker got here near by no means once more combating within the octagon.

In a stunning social media put up two months in the past, Barboza wrote he was “very grateful for these virtually 10 years that I’ve been working for the corporate,” however thought it was “time to maneuver on.”

After he voiced his dissatisfaction, it didn’t take lengthy for the UFC to barter a combat with Josh Emmett for Could 2. However the deal was by no means finalized.

Now, with a bout settlement signed to face Ige in Jacksonville, Fla., Barboza explains why he voiced his dissatisfaction with the UFC.

“You need to change if you’re not glad the place you’re, and that was the second proper there,” Barboza advised MMA Preventing. “I used to be able to combat, man, asking for a combat since December, and that’s what bothered me. I requested for a combat in December and was like, ‘OK, cool, you’ll combat in December.’ After which December was over, and January, February, March, April, and no combat. That bothered me a bit, as a result of I wished to combat. I’m wholesome, I’m able to combat, and I wasn’t combating. You’ll combat, you received’t, you’ll, you received’t.”

In line with Barboza, the UFC advised his supervisor “we received’t launch him, [but] we received’t let him go.”

“Asking for my launch wasn’t my first choice. My first choice was combating,” Barboza mentioned. “I wished to combat. Me asking for my launch was solely an excuse like, ‘What’s up, brother, please give me a combat.’ I’ve to combat, man. I’ve to combat. Like I mentioned, my most important choice was combating – not getting launched by the UFC. But when I had left the UFC, there can be no downside both.

“They didn’t let me go, and this combat got here. Like I mentioned, that was the entire downside. I used to be prepared and wished to combat since December. That’s what irritated me. I advised my supervisor I used to be able to combat in December, and now I’m combating in Could. Look how a lot time I’ve been able to combat. It’s loopy.”

Barboza, 20-Eight as a professional MMA fighter, has racked up a 14-Eight document below the UFC banner, combating in opposition to a number of the finest 155-pounders within the firm. Virtually one decade into his UFC profession, he celebrates the very fact he’s lastly getting again to work.

“It bought to a degree I used to be filled with it, man,” Barboza mentioned. “I’m 34 and I don’t have time to waste, you realize, ready for others. I’ve to work, particularly as a result of I’m wholesome and I need to work. That second I actually wished to go away, however thank God I’ve a combat now. I proceed within the UFC, I proceed being grateful. I really like what I do and I’ll proceed doing my finest within the UFC, as all the time.”