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Lightweight Edson Barboza has looked very good in his three UFC fights so far, and he's scheduled to face Terry Etim at UFC 142 in Brazil. But despite the success at 155, it seems that Edson might be considering a drop to 145. He discussed it with Sherdog:
"I don’t have any trouble making 155 pounds," he revealed. "I’ve already competed many times at 145 pounds as a muay Thai fighter. I’ve already told my manager, Alex Davis, that I feel great at lightweight, but that a weight drop is a real possibility. Who knows? In the future, if I get a good opportunity, I believe I could do good work at featherweight, too."
Barboza also talks about tightening up his ground game in preparation for Etim, who picked up the fourth-fastest submission in UFC history with an 18-second guillotine choke finish of Edward Faaloloto at UFC 138:
"I want to take the pace from those guys and train BJJ even more," he explained. "I’m not going to do anything new, because I’m not really worried about what my opponent is going to do. I’ll work as I always do, just with more attention to his guillotines and arm attacks on the ground."
I have to say, Barboza could be a major force at featherweight. The division isn't full of wrestleboxers like 155 is, and his striking would be a huge advantage over most foes. I'm not selling him short at lightweight either, but the idea of Barboza at 145 sounds really interesting.