Its a Taekwondo Black Belt’ Barboza Wins by Decision

‘Taekwondo black belt’ Edson Barboza (37, Brazil) achieved a come-from-behind victory with another successful turning kick.

Barboza, ranked 13th in the UFC featherweight (65.8kg) ranking, defeated Sodiq Yusuf (30∙), ranked 11th, in the main event of ‘UFC Fight Night: Yusuf vs. Barboza’ held at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on the 15th (Korean time).

Nigeria/United States) won by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-46, 48-46).

It was a comeback victory that showed the dignity of a veteran. In the first round, Barboza lost to Yusuf in a close-range hook fight and gave up a knockdown, but he held on with indomitable fighting spirit and eventually achieved a come-from-behind victory. 바카라사이트

Early in the match, Yusuf came within range of Barboza’s kick and landed a right hook. 

Barboza, who fell, got up again, but Yusuf continued to press and continued to pour out blows. 

He then took down Barboza and attacked him with ground and pound, and Barboza barely lasted until the end of the first round.

Barboza’s counterattack began in the second round. 

The pressure of Yusuf, who had launched many attacks in the first round, was relaxed, and the exchange of close-range blows that Barboza found uncomfortable was reduced.

In response, Barboza targeted Yusuf’s abdomen with hooks and roundhouse kicks.

Finally, in the third round, Barboza’s trademark Taekwondo back kick occurred. 

Yusuf stumbled and fell because his legs were shaking. 

Barboza took a back position and attempted a choke, but missed the opportunity to finish. 

However, through this, Barboza clearly won.

In the second half of the round, Barboza continued to attack Body and gained the upper hand, and even succeeded in a takedown in the 5th round. 

In the end, he won over Yusuf by unanimous decision after five rounds.

“I was so dizzy, I didn’t know if I was at the gym or at home playing with my kids,” Barboza said in a post-game interview. 

I didn’t even know what was happening,” he said, explaining the crisis situation in the first round. 

He then revealed the secret to the comeback, saying, “But I came back to my senses and listened to the coach’s instructions, and I was able to recover well and fight back stronger.”

Regarding the 3rd round roundhouse kick, “To win a war, you must completely finish off your opponent. 

He was still alive, and I was trying my best to finish him. 

But he never gave up because he is one of the best fighters in the world.”

As a result, Barboza recorded a career record of 24 wins and 11 losses (18 wins and 11 losses in UFC).

Meanwhile, in the second match of the main card, Mitchell Pereira (30, Brazil) won by TKO in 1 minute and 6 seconds against Andre Petroski (32, USA) in his UFC middleweight (83.9kg) debut.

Ferreira actively stepped left and right and knocked down Petroski with a surprise right hand straight punch.

Petroski was unable to resist the ground and pound that followed and the match ended.

In his middleweight debut, Ferreira easily defeated Petroski, who was on a five-fight win streak in the UFC, and quickly rose to near the top 15 rankings. 

This is his 6th straight UFC win (7 wins, 2 losses).

He said, “From now on, I will continue to work in the middleweight division.

Give me one more match.

It’s okay whether it’s 1 week or 2 weeks later. 

It’s more comfortable because it’s a new weight class,” he said.

Last July, Ferreira failed to weigh in ahead of a welterweight (77.1kg) showdown with Stephen Thompson (40, USA) and was moved up to middleweight. 

Before this match, he confessed that he lost a whopping 21kg during his welterweight days.


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