Edson Barboza hopes the UFC and Dana White lastly present him some love and respect following his cut up resolution loss to Dan Ige.
At UFC on ESPN 8, Barboza dropped right down to featherweight to tackle 15th ranked Ige. Many had puzzled how the Brazilian would fare in his debut and early on he had a ton of success by even dropping Ige within the first.
All through the battle, Barboza landed heavy pictures and when the ultimate bell rang, many anticipated him to get his hand raised. However, that isn’t what occurred as Ige bought the nod by cut up resolution. For the Brazilian, having back-to-back cut up resolution losses in heartbreaking.
“It’s a loopy feeling, I do know I received my final two fights. The individuals additionally know I received my final two fights. However, my file says losses, so it’s unhappy,” Barboza stated to BJPENN.com. “I used to be 100 % assured I beat Ige. I belief my coaches and I requested them did I win? All of them stated I received the primary and second spherical and the third spherical was shut, perhaps he bought the third. I used to be assured till they stated cut up resolution and I’m like oh no one thing is unsuitable.”
Following the loss, Barboza says now could be the time for the UFC to point out him respect and love. He is aware of he received the battle, and Dana White even stated so. So, Barboza hopes the promotion will make it proper by giving him his win bonus.
“I didn’t speak to him, I didn’t speak to anyone from the UFC. Backstage, individuals got here to me and stated I received the battle. I really need the UFC to point out me respect right here, I hope the UFC does the fitting factor and pay me my win bonus,” he defined. “That’s a very powerful factor proper now. I respect the fee however even Dana stated I received. I labored for the UFC for thus lengthy, so now could be the time they present me respect and love.”
With Edson Barboza now on a three-fight shedding streak the place he goes from here’s a main query. For the Brazilian, he says whether or not or not he fights at featherweight once more is determined by if the UFC pays him his win bonus.
“It actually is determined by what occurs. Let’s see what the UFC does. If UFC reveals me respect and reveals me some love then sure I’d keep at 145,” he stated. “However, if the corporate doesn’t give me my win bonus then I don’t drop to 145 as a result of it isn’t straightforward.
“Backstage, individuals got here to me and stated I received the battle. I really need the UFC to point out me respect right here, I hope the UFC does the fitting factor and pay me my win bonus,” he continued. “That’s a very powerful factor proper now. I respect the fee however even Dana stated I received. I labored for the UFC for thus lengthy, so now could be the time they present me respect and love.”
The hope for Edson Barboza is the promotion provides him his win bonus permitting him to remain at featherweight.
If he does get his win bonus, Barboza then hopes to battle once more very quickly and in opposition to a top-10 opponent at featherweight.
“I would like someone within the ranked, I deserve it. I made 145 and I proved I’m the most effective MMA fighters on this planet at 145 and 155. Chopping right down to 145 might be simpler now that I do know I could make it, particularly if we do it quickly,” Barboza stated. “However, I need a top-10 man. I by no means choose my opponent, I simply battle. Whoever the UFC provides me within the top-10 I’ll settle for. UFC ship me the contract to battle in July as a result of I’m wholesome and motivated to battle.”
In the long run, Edson Barboza is pissed off with how the outcome went, particularly after realizing he received his previous two fights. For him, he says commissions must make some modifications and it begins with not utilizing boxing judges.
“To be sincere, you by no means know what the judges are seeing. You by no means know my buddy. There isn’t any likelihood I misplaced the battle. A very powerful factor is you may’t have boxing commissions or boxing judges,” Barboza concluded. “That is an MMA battle, they should learn about kicks, grappling, and takedown protection. You want to have people who perceive blended martial arts.”
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This text first appeared on BJPENN.com on 5/18/2020.