LAS VEGAS – Edson Barboza is all the time ready to go to conflict contained in the cage, particularly when it’s a most important occasion slot.
At UFC on ESPN 30, Barboza (22-9 MMA, 16-9 UFC) will tackle Giga Chikadze in what will likely be his third most important occasion bout with the promotion, though it is going to be his first marquee slot since shifting right down to 145 kilos.
Barboza, who has made 25 walks to the UFC octagon, has practically double the struggle expertise of Chikadze (13-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) throughout his UFC tenure alone. However, the discrepancy within the variety of fights between the 2 fighters doesn’t each the Brazilian. In reality, the matchup excited him when it was introduced.
“When I see this fight on paper, I know it’s gonna be a great fight,” Barboza informed MMA Junkie and different reporters on the UFC Apex on Wednesday. “I know people are gonna watch this fight. I had to say yes to this fight because it’s gonna be a war.”
Since making the swap from light-weight to featherweight, Barboza has gone 2-1, presently using a two-fight win streak with wins over Makwan Amirkhani and Shane Burgos.
In a matchup that’s positive to be a hanging fan’s dream, each males have created spectacular spotlight moments throughout their careers with their pinpoint punching and a stunning array of kicks. But for Barboza, it’s not going to be about placing strain on himself to get a end, he simply has to have enjoyable.
“My goal is to go out there and have fun,” Barboza mentioned. “I do know if I am going on the market and provides my greatest, it’s gonna be an awesome struggle. I by no means take into consideration going on the market, ‘I got to finish!’ You know? Because if I do know I am going on the market and struggle – bro, I’ve 25 fights within the UFC. All these fights I am going on the market and (simply) struggle.
“It’s gonna be a great fight, I know.”
UFC on ESPN 30 takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The most important card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN+.