For awhile it looked like UFC lightweight Edson Barboza was going to be an unbeatable force in the division, opening his career up with ten consecutive wins including one of the most memorable knockouts in the organization’s history. However, Barboza’s aura of invincibility was destroyed last May in a match-up with Jamie Varner when the 26-year old Brazilian suffered a strike-based stoppage in the opening round of action.
The loss not only forced fans to reevaluate their opinions of Barboza but made him do the same where training was concerned. As a result, Barboza ended up packing his bags and heading up to New Jersey to work alongside former 155-pound champion Frankie Edgar. Though the results are unknown thus far, Barboza is certainly happy with the move, as doing so has not only given the sensational youngster a peer to look up to in a professional sense but a close friend as well.
“I train with him every day. Every day he picks me up at my house for training. Training in the morning, training in the afternoon, training at night, helping me with everything. He’s helped me; I’ve helped him. We’ve stuck together,” said Barboza to MMAWeekly Radio when asked about his relationship with Edgar. “He’s the champ, he’s been the champ for a long time, that’s a big difference. Now I know I have good training partners and good coaches. Frankie he won the last fight with Ben Henderson, he’s the best.”
Barboza will have a chance to show how much he’s improved in a little less than two weeks when he faces Lucas Martins at UFC on FX 7. The bout will be the first for the 10-1 Barboza since falling to Varner.
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