Barboza gained a spot back in the top ten and a big match ahead
After a rough patch that included losses to Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone, Barboza is ready to prove his worth. Critics have often called into question Edson’s chin and not without warrant. He might think this himself because he refused to brawl with Green. He was content to stay on the outside and pick his shots, and it was the right decision. Signature leg kicks, crisp combinations, and the proper footwork left Bobby Green looking like a fish out of water. Barboza was not refusing to engage, he never turned his back and ran away. He controlled the distance well and landed his shots when they were available. Most of the upper echelon of the lightweights are booked right now. Barboza will have to wait for a few fights to play out before an opponent can be booked. It is too early to book a rematch with Cowboy, but if Myles Jury beats Cerrone that could be an exciting match between two disciplined strikers. A fight between the December winner of Nate Diaz and Raphael Dos Anjos could be interesting. Especially if Dos Anjos wins, then there could be title implications on the line. Even the winner of former champions Ben Henderson and Eddie Alvarez could be a big boost for Edson should he beat the winner. The loser of Pettis and Melendez would create a must see match up with Barboza. Whoever it may be, Barboza has earned a shot at a big name and another co main event slot.