Edson Barboza of course wants to correct his career before the end of the year.
Barboza’s (22-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC) trajectory to a UFC featherweight title shot took a hard hit last month when he suffered a UFC in the main event loss ESPN 30 vs. Giga Chikadze (14-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC). The Brazilian was stopped by TKO in the third round in an entertaining fight that had its competitive moments.
Immediately after the loss, Barboza remained silent. He did not attend the post-fight press conference and for several days his social media accounts were dormant.
After taking a little time to digest the result, Barboza has seemingly come together to figure out what should be the next step in his career. It looks like it’s agreed to a return to the Octagon in December (via Instagram):
Dezembro? Estou dentro !!!! @ufc_brasil December? I’m in!!! @ufc
Barboza’s loss to Chikadze dropped him to 2-2 since moving from lightweight to the UFC’s featherweight division. It was the first time he had been stopped in his new weight class, and it derailed Barboza’s momentum to become a viable title contender.
Despite being 35 years old and a member of the UFC squad since November 2010, Barboza’s passion to compete at the highest level in the sport remains.
The American Top Team product hasn’t revealed any particular names they’d like to face in their rebound fight, but if their track record is any indication, they’ll want someone ranked or with a reputable name.