Edson Barboza talks about the temptation of kickboxing, his kicking game, and his love of American food

Edson Barboza sat down with Phoenix Carnevale during her time at Paradise Warrior Retreat as part of her ongoing video blog series.

Edson Barboza has found a long term home as one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC lightweight division. Already 7-1 in his three year UFC career, he's racked up a healthy highlight real of fan friendly action. As a member of Ricardo Almeida Jiu Jitsu he trains primarily out of New Jersey, alongside Frankie Edgar. Barboza sat down for a brief Q&A with Carnevale and others at the Warrior Retreat to answer questions about his fighting style, interest in returning to kickboxing and Muay Thai, favorite super hero (it's The Flash), and his love of American food, most particularly breakfast.

You get perfect Brazilian food. I eat, my whole life, in Brazil, you know? But, that food, I love American food, man.

My favorite is American breakfast. Like bacon, pancakes, eggs. In Brazil, breakfast like a bread, coffee, fruit, that's it. But here... First time, that's funny.

My first day in America. My friend get me at airport, I don't speak English, nothing, zero. My English not, is bad I know, but I don't speak nothing. My friend pick me up in the airport, like at 5 am. He said, "Are you hungry?" I say, "Yeah, I'm very hungry." Because I come Brazil to US, I don't eat nothing in the airplane. Because, I don't know. I think I need to pay, I don't have a money for pay, so the guy's coming, "Oh."

I'm very hungry. "Let's go eat breakfast." "Okay." Eat breakfast like a... I saw a plate, the guy has, like, a... Man, potato, bacon, pancakes, "Fwah. Yeah, yeah, I love it. I like this place, man." That's my favorite, that's breakfast, man. My favorite, right in US. But, I don't miss Brazilian food. No, nothing.

My wife right here right now, "Let's go eat in some Brazilian place." "Mm, nah."

While I'd hardly be the first one to trumpet American food over most world cuisine, I've got to admit, this country does do a mean breakfast.

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