Barboza: I accept UFC’s offer to fight Numagomedov
UFC lightweight Edson Barboza got tapped by Tony Ferguson two years ago, but is 3-0 since, with decision wins over Anthony Pettis and Gil Melendez, and most recently a performance of the night winning flying knee KO of Beneil Dariush in March.
The UFC wants to a unification fight between division champion Conor McGregor and interim champ Tony Ferguson at UFC 219 on December 30, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. If that happens, rather than a money trilogy fight between McGregor and Nate Diaz, then #1 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, who wants on that card, will get Barboza.
The Brazilian took part recently in an Instagram livestream, and said he is fully recovered from shoulder surgery, and that the UFC had recently offered him ‘The Eagle’.
“They offered me this fight and I accepted it,” said Barboza, as transcribed by Guilherme Cruz for MMA Fighting. “I said I’ll be ready for December 30, and it’s on him now. We’ll see what he does. I saw an interview with him yesterday and he said he’ll fight me if Conor fights Ferguson, and Dana already said that fight will happen, so I believe my next fight will be against Khabib.”
“I definitely want to fight him. He’s definitely one of the best and I respect him, I respect his team. He’s definitely one of the best 155 in the world. He’s the No. 2 and I’m the No. 3, and that’s the fight that makes sense for us.”
“I see myself winning, that’s all. I see myself winning all of my fights, and this one is no different. I really see myself winning this fight.”
“If they make this fight with Khabib in Russia? Of course. It’s just the two of us in the Octagon. People can scream and threat outside the Octagon, but wherever it is, brother, I’ll fight him anywhere.
“I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m more excited than ever. I’m just waiting for a phone call. I want to fight the best, someone closer to me. I’m ready. You have no idea. I feel 100 percent, and I’m ready for a big war, like always. Every time I step in the cage you guys see a big war, and next time is not gonna be different. I’m really ready for a war.”