Edson Barboza, veteran and longtime lightweight contender, is sticking with the UFC. His management revealed to MMA Fighting that Barboza is choosing to remain with the UFC and signing a deal for multiple fights.
The exact details of what his contract entails have not been made public yet. According to his manager Alex Davis, Edson had one more fight remaining in his prior contract. He said:
The UFC has opted to re-sign Barboza and keep him on the roster, and keep him active going forward. Barboza and I believe he has what it takes to make a run for the belt and become champion, and that’s his focus.
Barboza debuted in the octagon with a win against Mike Lullo in 2010. The Brazilian tycoon has always had his sights set on the top. He consistently showed up in the higher ranks throughout his long career, and has won against the likes of Paul Felder, Dan Hooker and Gilbert Melendez.
Edson’s recent bouts included a fight against Dan Ige and Makwan Amirkhani. While he lost to Dan Ige on a split decision, he managed to score a win against Amirkhani due to a unanimous decision in his favour.
Holding a record of 15-9 in UFC and 21-9 as a priced pro MMA fighter, Barboza has his eyes fixed on the title, and it seems even after such a long time in the UFC, he plans on chasing after it with full force. He currently competes in the featherweight division.