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Edson Barboza

Edson "Junior" Barboza

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  • Given Name: Edson Mendes Barboza
  • MMA Record: 19-6-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Junior
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 32 | Date of Birth: 1986.01.21
  • Last Fight: April 21, 2018 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.6 lbs
  • Affiliation: The Armory
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: 75.0" (191cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $852,000 USD
  • Born: Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fighting out of: Jupiter, Florida
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Edson Barboza MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO
2:18 Round 5 of 5, 22:18 Total

Us Kevin Lee
19-5-0 16-3-0

Us UFC Fight Night 128: Barboza vs. Lee
Main Event | Catchweight | 157 lbs

2018.04.21
Odds: +150 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 155.6 lbs (70.6 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ru Khabib Nurmagomedov
19-4-0 24-0-0

Us UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.12.30
Odds: +325 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
UFC 219 Performance of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
4:35 Round 2 of 3, 9:35 Total

Ay Beneil Dariush
18-4-0 14-2-0

Br UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs. Gastelum
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.03.11
Odds: -165 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Osiris Maia
#2 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2017
UFC Fight Night 106 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Gilbert Melendez
17-4-0 22-5-0

Us UFC on FOX 20: Holm vs. Shevchenko
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.07.23
Odds: -245 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Anthony Pettis
16-4-0 18-4-0

Us UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.04.23
Odds: +155 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $88,000 ($44K Base, $44K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Submission
2:54 Round 2 of 3, 7:54 Total

Us Tony Ferguson
16-3-0 19-3-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.12.11
Odds: +140 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $94,000 ($44K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#6 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
#79 Greatest Fight of All Time
#13 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale Fight of the Night
The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Paul Felder
15-3-0 10-0-0

Us UFC on FOX 16: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.07.25
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Rob Madrigal
#21 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
UFC on FOX 16 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Myles Jury UFC on FOX 16 2015.07.25
Reason: Jury Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Michael Johnson
15-2-0 15-8-0

Br UFC Fight Night 61: Bigfoot vs. Mir
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.02.22
Odds: -150 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Bobby Green
14-2-0 23-5-0

Us UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.11.22
Odds: -145 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO
3:06 Round 1 of 3

Us Evan Dunham
13-2-0 14-5-0

Us UFC Fight Night 45: Cerrone vs. Miller
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.07.16
Odds: -325 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:15 Round 1 of 3

Us Donald Cerrone
13-1-0 22-6-0

Us UFC on FOX 11: Werdum vs. Browne
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.04.19
Odds: -170 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $29,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Jorge Alonso
#14 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2014
#46 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC on FOX 11 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Danny Castillo
12-1-0 16-5-0

Us UFC on FOX 9: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.12.14
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $102,000 ($26K Base, $26K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Mike Beltran
UFC on FOX 9 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Kicks
1:44 Round 2 of 3, 6:44 Total

Br Rafaello Oliveira
11-1-0 16-6-0

Us UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.07.06
Odds: -600 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $46,000 ($23K Base, $23K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout John Makdessi UFC 162 2013.07.06
Reason: Makdessi Injury
Win | Submission | Strikes
2:38 Round 1 of 3

Br Lucas Martins
10-1-0 12-0-0

Br UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.01.19
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Justin Salas UFC on FX 7 2013.01.19
Reason: Salas Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:23 Round 1 of 3

Us Jamie Varner
10-0-0 19-6-1

Us UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.05.26
Odds: -540 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#45 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
#37 Biggest Upset of All Time
Cancelled Bout Evan Dunham UFC 146 2012.05.26
Reason: Dunham Injury
Win | KO/TKO
2:02 Round 3 of 3, 12:02 Total

Gb Terry Etim
9-0-0 15-3-0

Br UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.01.14
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $130,000 ($65K Fight/Night, $65K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#9 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#3 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#1 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
UFC 142 Fight of the Night
UFC 142 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gb Ross Pearson
8-0-0 12-4-0

Br UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.08.27
Odds: -290 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#49 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
UFC 134 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ng Anthony Njokuani
7-0-0 14-4-0

Us UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.03.19
Odds: -280 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
#24 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
UFC 128 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Kicks
0:26 Round 3 of 3, 10:26 Total

Us Mike Lullo
6-0-0 8-2-0

Us UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.11.20
Odds: -475 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Mark Fennell
Cancelled Bout Darren Elkins UFC 123 2010.11.20
Reason: Elkins Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Kicks
3:01 Round 1 of 3

Br Marcelo Giudici
5-0-0 8-3-0

Us Ring of Combat 30
Main Card | Vacant Title | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.06.11
Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Jose Figueroa

Us Renaissance Mixed Martial Arts

2010.03.05
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:09 Round 1 of 3

Us Nabih Barakat
3-0-0 3-2-0

Us Ring of Combat 28
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.02.19
Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Lee King

Us Renaissance Mixed Martial Arts

2009.11.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Lee King

Us Renaissance Mixed Martial Arts

2009.06.13
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Aaron Steadman

Us Real Fighting Championships

2009.04.17

Edson Barboza Wiki Update Wiki

Barboza comes from Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro. His fighting style incorporates Muay Thai and Taekwondo. His professional Muay Thai record is 28-3 with 22 victories by knockout and 17 first round finishes. Barboza moved to the United States in January 2009 and joined "The Armory"  in Jupiter, Florida. Barboza's professional MMA career began in April 2009 in Tampa, Florida, when he defeated Aaron Steadman via TKO due to punches midway through the first round. Barboza then defeated Lee King twice in the Renaissance MMA promotion, first via second round knockout, then submission. 


Barboza made his UFC debut against Mike Lullo at UFC 123 where he won the fight via TKO (leg kicks). In his next bout, Barboza faced fellow Muay Thai specialist, Anthony Njokuani at UFC 128. The fight would win Fight Of The Night honors with Barboza winning 29-28 on all three judges cards. Barboza's fight at UFC 142 will have a permanent home in the minds of MMA fans as he completed a spinning wheel kick knockout of Terry Etim at the 2:02 mark of the 3rd round.


Barboza was expected to face Evan Dunham at UFC 146, however, Dunham pulled out with an injury and was replaced by UFC and WEC veteran, Jamie Varner. In what was considered a huge upset, Varner won by TKO (strikes) in the first round, giving Barboza his very first professional loss. Barboza would defeat Lucas Martins by strikes at UFC on FX 7 to get back in the win column. Barboza would pick up his next win over Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 162 when he beat him in the second round with brutal leg kicks that left Oliveira unable to stand up. He would follow that up with a win in a close fight with Danny Castillo picking up the majority decision.  He would lose for only the second time in his career when he was submitted by Donald Cerrone. He gets back on the track after impressive win over Evan Dunham via 1st round TKO (fourth finish by kick in his UFC run). After that, at UFC FN 57 Barboza scored an unanimous decision victory over Bobby Green. Next, Barboza faced Michael Johnson at UFC FN 61 and lost by unanimous decision.

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