On paper, Edson Barboza misplaced 5 of his earlier six UFC bouts. In his thoughts, although, he’s on a two-fight profitable streak after getting the quick finish of the stick towards Paul Felder and Dan Ige.

This time, Barboza desires to be compensated financially by the UFC for the controversial loss in Florida.

The Brazilian striker made his debut as a featherweight at Saturday evening’s UFC on ESPN eight in Jacksonville, and he’s assured he did sufficient to win the primary couple of rounds. In the long run, nonetheless, Troy Wincapaw was the one decide to attain the bout that means.

“There’s no means he gained the primary two rounds,” Barboza informed MMA Combating after re-watching the struggle, which judges Derek Cleary and Sal D’Amato scored 29-28 in Ige’s favor. “No means he gained.”

Barboza describes his temper as a “loopy” mixture of happiness after performing nicely in his 145-pound debut, and disappointment of realizing he didn’t truly win the bout. What could possibly be a two-fight profitable streak now stands a three-fight skid.

“I’m positive I gained each fights,” Barboza stated. “I’m upset, however on the identical time I’m cool, as a result of I do know I’m doing the correct factor. I confirmed everybody I did nice on this new weight class, and I’m positive will probably be even higher subsequent time.”

To make issues worse, Barboza’s present UFC contract means he went again house with solely half the cash he was set to make with a victory. The American Prime Staff fighter was upset after the Felder loss in Abu Dhabi, however he explains why this one feels totally different.

“That is virtually unanimous, man,” he stated of fan response on social media and the truth that 16 of 18 media members scored it in his favor (through MMADecisions). “Solely [two of] the judges thought that man gained. That’s not possible. Dana White stated I gained.”

However this time, listening to the UFC president say he felt Barboza deserved to have his hand raised isn’t sufficient.

“You realize why? Brother, I work for the UFC for a few years and … I do know the UFC doesn’t have any ties with the athletic commissions, however, man, it’s very, very, essential for me that the UFC comes and says I gained this struggle and pays me because the winner,” Barboza stated.

“Like I stated, the complete world is aware of who gained. I labored actually arduous, did every part proper and gained the struggle, and so they didn’t give it to me due to the fee. Screw the fee. I don’t wanna know, man. But when the UFC involves me and pays me because the winner of this struggle, which I’m, I’ll really feel higher, for positive.

“It’s time for the UFC to indicate… Not love, however respect for myself, my staff and my household as a result of I put my coronary heart on this sport, 10 years within the UFC. I’ve 23 fights and it’s very, very, essential for me for the UFC to try this. Will probably be essential if the UFC does this, as a result of my subsequent steps rely on this transfer from the UFC.”

With two fights left in his contract with the group, Barboza additionally desires to be handled because the winner by way of matchmaking. The choice on the load class through which he competes may additionally rely on whether or not or not the UFC pays him his present cash.

“Regardless that I could make weight, it’s a sacrifice,” Barboza stated. “Is that this sacrifice worthy? Is it worthy? Like I stated, if the UFC doesn’t pay me, if they are saying they respect the athletic fee’s (determination), it’s unfit, man. I’m getting screwed right here, coaching like a maniac and losing time I may spend with my household. I really like what I do, in fact, but it surely’s a sacrifice.

“Is it worthy? Possibly. If the UFC says, ‘We respect the athletic fee and you’ll solely make the cash you’re speculated to make’ … perhaps it’s unfit, and perhaps I’ll struggle 155 once more. That’s why I stated these subsequent few days are essential for me to determine what my future can be inside the corporate.”



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