Edson Barboza’s previous quite a few interviews with MMA Junkie centered all over his displeasure with his deal predicament. Likely into his UFC 262 fight with Shane Burgos this month, nevertheless, his demeanor has completely altered.
That’s for the reason that Barboza (21-9 MMA, 15-9 UFC) is pleased and in great standing with the UFC, instead than frustrated and disgruntled. After beating Makwan Amirkhani at UFC on ESPN+ 37 in October, Barboza had just one particular battle remaining on his UFC contract and was bothered by the slowness of having his final bout booked, as very well as the deficiency of fruitful renewal talks.
By February, Barboza was completely ready to part ways with the UFC. His discomfort was mounting, and he would’ve gladly taken a release to check free agency. But then his problem took a turn in the appropriate way.
Barboza obtained a new 6-battle UFC agreement that came with the increase he was searching for immediately after staying an octagon mainstay and steady entertainer for more than 10 decades. A model-friendly matchup with Burgos (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) arrived together with it, much too, and Barboza enters UFC 262 fully happy with his problem.
“I’m 100 per cent happy,” Barboza told MMA Junkie. “The new agreement proves that they delight in my get the job done. They gave me the number that I want, and I’m pretty delighted with that. I was incredibly enthusiastic to get a bump (in spend), and now I know the UFC enjoys my really hard function. They make me really pleased.”
Barboza did not expose the exact monetary figures of the deal. His most modern disclosed income was $79,000 for a reduction to Dan Ige at UFC on ESPN 8 in May 2020.
At 35, this 6-struggle agreement could convey Barboza to the close of his job, as he’d likely be 38 many years aged by the time he fulfills all of his fights. The Brazilian thinks he’ll have additional in him, though, and however thinks the very best times of his vocation are to occur.
His UFC 262 matchup with Burgos, which requires spot at the Toyota Middle in Houston and airs on shell out-for every-watch subsequent prelims on ESPN and ESPN+, is a second exactly where Barboza thinks he can prosper.
“I was pleased with this battle since he’s a person of the ideal,” Barboza reported. “It’s likely to be a big war. He’s a great striker he’s a fantastic fighter. He’s one particular of the greatest, and the UFC normally provides me the chance to battle from the ideal men in the company at 155, and now they give me the chance to fight the greatest at 145. I really assume a war. If I have the chance to complete the struggle, I will for confident. But my mind is all set for 15 minutes of war.”
Barboza used the first 22 fights of his UFC occupation at lightweight, but he’s invested his previous two competing at featherweight. He stated he actually views this as the division wherever his skillset can glow the brightest, and if he can get earlier a extremely tricky opponent in Burgos, he mentioned the route toward that elusive UFC title shot will commence to open up up.
“If I earn this fight ideally the UFC presents me a best 5 opponent,” Barboza said. “I dropped to 145 to be the champ and I know I have every little thing to be the champ. It’s not just to struggle the fights on this agreement. No, I’m listed here to be the champ and that is what I’m heading to do.”