[ARCHIVES] Barboza on the famous Terry Etim KO: “He was almost dead”
Don’t blink. Tonight at UFC Vegas 35 there could be another famous knockout in Edson Barboza’s main events against Giga Chikadze. Here’s a look back at Barboza’s thoughts after one of the biggest knockouts in MMA history.
[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 27, 2017, 7:57 AM]
While Edson Barboza claims his spectacular kick to Terry Etim at UFC 142 in 2012 is “fresh on his mind,” he is keen to prove that he has a lot more to offer fight fans.
“In kickboxing, I have crazy knockouts”, Barboza told MMAjunkie Radio. “You have no idea. I have a lot of knockouts. I think some knockouts are more important than the wheel kick.
“When I moved to the United States I started fighting in MMA and everyone watched” he said. “I was 2-0 or 3-0, and nobody wants to fight me, because everyone’s been on YouTube. People were watching my videos, and everyone was withdrawing (from the fights). I said to my friend, “Please delete all of my YouTube videos. “
Barboza’s brutal knockout is considered one of the most spectacular in UFC history, frequently gracing knockout compilations and highlighting the functionality of the reels. The Brazilian insists that while he’s proud of this moment, he has a lot more to offer:
“I remember that day as very important to me, as I come from my first professional loss in kickboxing,” he said. “I really knocked the guy out. He was almost dead. It’s very fresh in my head.
Barboza will have the chance to show what he can do when he takes on injured but highly regarded UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 219 next month. A win can catapult him into the title race and Barboza thinks it’s late:
“I fought with seven guys in the top 15, and definitely I think if I win this fight I really deserve the title shot,” he said. “I don’t care if it’s (undisputed UFC lightweight champion) Conor (McGregor) or (interim champion Tony) Ferguson. But I really deserve the title chance.