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Edson Barboza Makes Case For Why Scrap With Anthony Pettis Would “Make Sense”

Kelsey Mowatt

Edson Barboza

After defeating Paul Felder at UFC on FOX 16 in July, Edson Barboza has a big name fighter in his sights, and it’s Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.

Barboza (16-3) out struck and outscored Felder at the event, and received a unanimous decision win for his efforts. With the win, Barboza remained a top ten ranked lightweight and is currently sitting in the #7 position.

Recently Barboza spoke with MMA Junkie.com, and while discussing who he’d like to face next, the Brazilian stated this:

“I know most of the fighters who are ranked in front of me have fights scheduled already, and some others are dropping or moving up to the other division,” Barboza said. “So, I think a fight that would make sense and also a fight that a lot of fans are asking for on social media is against Pettis. I think it would be a war, and everyone would enjoy watching it.”

Now from a stylistic perspective, this fight sounds like a pretty, pretty, pretty good idea no? As it would match two of the division’s best strikers up against each other. Is it a real possibility though? Considering Pettis is ranked #1?

It could happen, as contenders like Donald Cerrone, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Michael Johnson are all booked for fights, as Barboza alluded to. The #4 ranked Eddie Alvarez, however, isn’t, so that could be a scrap the UFC considers as well.

Pettis, meanwhile, hasn’t fought since March when he was decisioned by Rafael dos Anjos. The latter and champ will take on Cerrone on December 19th.

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