After Edson Barboza was stopped by Jamie Varner at UFC 146 last May, which marked the first professional loss of his career, the feared striker decided it was time to change things up and went to train with former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar. Not a bad choice. Barboza proceeded to get back on track at UFC on FX 7 in January, by tapping out Lucas Martins with strikes, to extend his overall record to 11-1. So, it’s not a shocker to hear that Barboza has spent time training with Edgar and his crew once more, as he gets set to fight Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 162.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, here is some of what Barboza had to say about training with “The Answer”, his coaches and teammates.
“The first day I trained with these guys over here, I felt like I was at home,” Barboza said through an interpreter. “The whole team welcomed me in. The first day I boxed with coach Mark Henry, it was like I had met him 15 years ago. Ricardo Almeida and Renzo Gracie are such nice guys. Frankie Edgar is a great person. Everyone here helps each other.”
“I have been training with Frankie Edgar’s team since his last fight against Benson Henderson. Since then, I couldn’t leave this group. They all are great people and partners. I’m blessed to be part of this.”
Barboza was originally scheduled to fight noted striker John Makdessi on July 6th, but the lightweight had to withdraw due to an injury and Oliveira was brought in. Barboza relayed that he believes Oliveira “might be looking to wrestle” and that the “Tractor” has a “good game on the ground.” Oliveira is coming off a unanimous decision win over Yoislandy Izquierdo, after dropping back-to-back bouts to Gleison Tibau and Yves Edwards.
UFC 162 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Edgar will take on Charles Oliveira that same night.