It was exhausting to flee the sensation of deja vu Edson Barboza on Saturday.

The split-screen. The suspense. The closed eyes and the pinnacle dealing with upward with a single hand accompanying it. The look of hope was disappointment. It was all there after Barboza’s featherweight assembly with Dan Ige at UFC on ESPN 8, very similar to it was eight months in the past following a light-weight bout with Paul Felder — with maybe a barely adjusted sheer disbelief vs. outright frustration ratio.

Very like with Felder, Barboza (20-9) might have feasibly been the winner of his struggle in opposition to Ige (14-2). However, very similar to with Felder, he wasn’t. Which implies that what might have been a two-fight successful streak is now a three-fight skid. And that what might have been two full-purse paychecks — present cash and a contracted win bonus  — was not. The truth that Felder was the one interviewing Ige up within the cage simply added to the merciless irony of it…





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