Edson Barboza: I deserve to be paid more
Edson Barboza has been fighting in the UFC for a decade, winning nine performance bonuses in the process for action like this:
Currently ranked #14 at featherweight having recently dropped down from lightweight, Barboza, 34, spoke recently with Mike Bohn for MMA Junkie, and said he’s got one fight left on his contract; going forward “Junior” wants to be compensated better.
“I see a lot of guys that start signing right now with the UFC and make a lot more money than me,” said Barboza. “I work for UFC for 10 years. I have 24 fights in UFC. I have 10 bonuses. That’s crazy, if you think about that. Something’s wrong. I was very happy. Very happy with my job, very happy with UFC and everything, but right now I have to see what’s best for me and my family.”
“I love everything I have in my life that UFC has given to me and my family. I’m so thankful for everything. But I need to see who is the best for me and my family right now. Let’s see. I’m very excited to see what’s going to happen in the next step of my career. One thing I know: I’m good. I’m a really good fighter. I always put on a show. I always do a good show. I do everything right. I never miss weight. I train hard. I have 24 fights in UFC. Tell me one fight that you thought was boring? I always put on a good show, and I think I deserve a lot more. For sure. I really deserve a lot more. Let’s see what happens.
“I’m very excited to see what will happen in my future. If I will stay in UFC, I’m going to stay very, very happy. If I sign with another show, I’m still happy because I really love my job. Wherever I go I will be very happy and always give my best. … I was happy. I was really happy with everything in the UFC. But I really deserve more. Look at everything I give for UFC. I never pull out of a fight. Niney-nine percent of my fights, I get hurt, and like I said, if I stay in the UFC thank God. I love fighting in the UFC. But if I see another show, and the opportunity is going to be better for me and my family, I’ll go to another show. That’s it.”
If he doesn’t sign a new contract before his next fight, he wants to go out with a win over a big name at featherweight to establish his worth as a free agent.
“Top six or top five guy, I’m in,” said Barboza. “I always want to prove myself against the best guys in the world. UFC gives me the opportunity to fight the best guys at 155. I hope UFC gives me the chance to fight the best guys at 145. I am ready. You see my history, you see everything I make in the UFC in 24 fights. I’m more excited than ever. I’m more than ready to test myself against the guys at 145.”
UG, this is the current 145 top 15, who do you want to see Barboza fight, and who do think he will get?
CHAMP: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI
1. Max Holloway
2. Brian Ortega
3. Zabit Magomedsharipov
4. Yair Rodriguez
5. Chan Sung Jung
6. Calvin Kattar
7. Josh Emmett
8. Jeremy Stephens
9. Arnold Allen
10. Sodiq Yusuff
11. Shane Burgos
12. Dan Ige
13. Ryan Hall
14. Edson Barboza
15. Bryce Mitchell