Bryce Mitchell Dominates Edson Barboza – UFC 272 Highlights

Bryce MitchellBryce Mitchell looked sensational when he fought for the first time in 17 months. ‘Thug Nasty’ dominated Edson Barboza over three rounds at UFC 272. The 27-year-old used his elite-level grappling to win every round in the biggest fight of his career. Post-fight, Mitchell pledged half his fight purse ($45,000) to charity. Check out the […]

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Bryce Mitchell looked sensational when he fought for the first time in 17 months.

‘Thug Nasty’ dominated Edson Barboza over three rounds at UFC 272.

The 27-year-old used his elite-level grappling to win every round in the biggest fight of his career.

Post-fight, Mitchell pledged half his fight purse ($45,000) to charity.

Check out the highlights.

Bryce Mitchell Responds To Those Who Say ‘Shut Up & Fight’

UFC featherweight contender Bryce Mitchell doesn’t care what you think of his recent rants about political issues. Mitchell is set to face Edson Barboza on the UFC 272 main card this weekend. He’s looking forward to a triumphant return to the Octagon after nearly two years away from MMA action. Mitchell has been in hot…

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UFC featherweight contender Bryce Mitchell doesn’t care what you think of his recent rants about political issues.

Mitchell is set to face Edson Barboza on the UFC 272 main card this weekend. He’s looking forward to a triumphant return to the Octagon after nearly two years away from MMA action.

Mitchell has been in hot water in recent weeks following his viral interview with MMA journalist Ariel Helwani. Instead of it being a routine pre-fight interview, Mitchell used his time to criticize the U.S. Government and COVID-19 vaccines, among other issues.

Athletes speaking out on political issues has become more common during the current social climate. Mitchell isn’t alone in making his views readily available to the public. For instance, NBA superstar LeBron James began speaking out on issues regarding race and social justice just a few years back.

During his recent UFC 272 pre-fight press conference, Mitchell hit back at critics of his political views and him speaking out on civic issues.

“For me to be able to talk about something greater than fighting is more purposeful than anything I can talk about related to fighting,” Mitchell said. “And so I’m grateful to be able to do that. And a lot of people say, ‘Shut up and fight.’ Well, you know what? If you don’t want to hear that shit, turn off the TV and watch the fight. You don’t have to watch my interviews. Turn them off then.

“Instead of telling me to shut up, why don’t you just stop listening? Because there’s a lot of people that agree with what I’m saying about some of my political views, and I’m happy to talk about ’em and debate about ’em.”

James, like Mitchell, has been a target of some who feel athletes shouldn’t share their political and societal views on current issues. This comes after Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham scolded James to “shut up and dribble” back in 2018.

Mitchell has emerged as a polarizing figure in MMA and is allegedly not alone in his controversial views. Regardless, he’ll look to silence the critics and earn a big win over Barboza.

What are your opinions on Bryce Mitchell as a person and a fighter?

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UFC 272 Predictions: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Picks

UFC 272 goes down this Saturday in Las Vegas, and while it doesn’t include a title fight—a real rarity for a pay-per-view—it looks like it could be a very exciting night…

UFC 272 goes down this Saturday in Las Vegas, and while it doesn’t include a title fight—a real rarity for a pay-per-view—it looks like it could be a very exciting night…

The Countdown To UFC 272: Covington vs. Masvidal Officially Begins

After two years of build-up, the “former friends turned bitter rivals” story starring Colby “Chaos” Covington and Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal will reach its climax. It’s fight week, and we now are limited to five more days of torrid trash talk between former chums Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal. Both fighters are coming off a loss…

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After two years of build-up, the “former friends turned bitter rivals” story starring Colby “Chaos” Covington and Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal will reach its climax.

It’s fight week, and we now are limited to five more days of torrid trash talk between former chums Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal. Both fighters are coming off a loss to Kamaru Usman in their latest fight and will be looking to reroute back to the top of the division, beginning with this grudge match.

In the co-main event, Rafael dos Anjos will be competing against Rafael Fiziev in a battle between two ranked lightweights. And in another featured bout, rising featherweight Bryce Mitchell will be tested against proven vet Edson Barboza.

UFC 272: Covington vs. Masvidal: Countdown

“This isn’t gonna be a baptism. This is gonna be Street Judas’ funeral.” – Colby Covington

Colby Covington
Colby Covington, Getty Images

At UFC 272, Colby Covington will look to put an end to Jorge Masvidal as we know him. The Countdown video captures the intensity and the “Chaos” that Covington plans to bring with him into the Octagon when he seeks to close out this dramatic chapter of his career.

“I’m gonna look at him. You know what the [BLEEP] I’m talkin’ about, man. I brought you in, and I’m gonna take your ass out.” – Jorge masvidal

Jorge Masvidal
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At UFC 272, Jorge Masvidal finally gets the opportunity he’s been craving: to be the man to silence Colby Covington. The Countdown video captures Masvidal explaining why he feels it’s his responsibility to wipe Covington off the MMA map.

Overall, the Countdown video does a thorough job of telling both sides of the story of how the two became friends, when and why things went sour, and just how eager they are to finally settle matters.

“In my mind, I want to do this forever because I’m a fighter. – Edson Barboza

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Edson Barboza, Credit: USA TODAY Sports

UFC iron man Edson Barboza will be entering year 12 of his UFC tenure at UFC 272 when he takes on Bryce Mitchell. The Countdown video captures what makes Barboza such a thrilling, must-see staple of the UFC roster.

“When the fight first starts, it’s basically gonna be like a little simmer. When I get him down, it’s a boil. And when I get him in certain spots, it’s a pressure cook. If I can get him in certain spots where I can pressure-cook him, then that meat’s gonna fall off the bone.” – Bryce Mitchell

Bryce Mitchell
Bryce Mitchell (Image Credit: Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

At UFC 272, 27-year-old grappling maestro Bryce Mitchell will try to add the biggest feather in his fresh cap by defeating Edson Barboza. The Countdown video captures the “grappling vs. striker” dynamic of this fight in large part by highlighting Mitchell’s impressive submission skills.

The co-main event between Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Fiiziev is not featured in the Countdown video due to the fight being moved to this card on short notice.

UFC 272 takes place this Saturday, March 5, 2022, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Neva. You can find the full card and viewing information below followed by the UFC 272 Countdown video.

Main Card (Pay-Per-View, 8:00 PM ET)

Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev

Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell

Kevin Holland vs. Alex Oliveira

Sergey Spivak vs. Greg Hardy

Preliminary Card (ESPN/ESPN+, 6:00 PM ET)

Jamie Mullarkey vs. Jalin Turner

Yan Xiaonan vs. Marina Rodriguez

Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu

Mariya Agapova vs. Maryna Moroz

Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass, 4:00 PM ET)

Brian Kelleher vs. Umar Nurmagomedov

Tim Elliott vs. Tagir Ulanbekov

Erick Gonzalez vs. Devonte Smith

Dustin Jacoby vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk

Without further ado, you can check out the UFC 272 Countdown video below!

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Giga Chikadze Targets Submission Wins Soon, Wants To KO Kattar First

UFC featherweight contender Giga Chikadze is looking to prove that he’s not just an elite striker but also a well-rounded mixed martial artist.

Chikadze faces arguably the toughest test of his UFC career against Calvin Kattar at UFC Vegas 46. While…

Giga Chikadze

UFC featherweight contender Giga Chikadze is looking to prove that he’s not just an elite striker but also a well-rounded mixed martial artist.

Chikadze faces arguably the toughest test of his UFC career against Calvin Kattar at UFC Vegas 46. While Kattar is coming off of a tough loss to Max Holloway last year, he’s still regarded as one of the toughest brawlers in the featherweight division.

Chikadze knocked out the always-dangerous Edson Barboza in his last Octagon appearance but also showcased an improved grappling skillset in the win. He nearly had Barboza in trouble on the ground before transitioning back to his striking base.

During his UFC Vegas 46 pre-fight media scrum, Chikadze teased his game plan for his matchup with Kattar.

“I feel like he’s going to mix it up with a bit of the wrestling,” Chikadze said. “I think that’s going to be his plan because he is from a wrestling background. Then he has some nice boxing techniques. Either he’s going to box with me, or he’s gonna wrestle with me.

“Honestly, I really want to show the people how great my ground game became. I want to submit people eventually, very soon, and start submitting people. But because Calvin Kattar has never been knocked out, it gives me a little bit more motivation to finish him with striking.”

Chikadze later explained why he moved away from his grappling in his last victory over Barboza.

“Last time I really had the chance to finish Edson with submission, but like I said, I had to prove that I’m the best striker and this was the reason why I let it go. This time? I said that I’m the best boxer in the UFC too, so probably I’m gonna still go more to the strikes. But if I get a chance like I did with Edson, this time I’m not going to let it go.”

Chikadze could be one win away from a featherweight title shot after going back-and-forth on social media with Alexander Volkanovski. If he’s able to continue to improve his overall game, he could be an unstoppable force at 145 pounds for years to come.

What is your prediction for Giga Chikadze vs. Calvin Kattar?

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EXCLUSIVE | Bryce Mitchell Expects To Stop Edson Barboza

Bryce MitchellUFC featherweight Bryce Mitchell talked about his upcoming opponent Edson Barboza in an interview with LowKick MMA. Mitchell is expected to face off against Barboza on the March 5 event. Mitchell has been out of action with an injury since October of 2020. The undefeated Mitchell won his last fight against Andre Fili at UFC […]

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UFC featherweight Bryce Mitchell talked about his upcoming opponent Edson Barboza in an interview with LowKick MMA.

Mitchell is expected to face off against Barboza on the March 5 event. Mitchell has been out of action with an injury since October of 2020. The undefeated Mitchell won his last fight against Andre Fili at UFC Fight Night 181 to bring his record to 14-0. He revealed in the interview that he has just started training a couple of months ago due to his injury.

Mitchell had a few fights on the table and as he said “he’d fight anyone”, but he was offered Barboza which excited him.

“It definitely excites you, and you better be ready when you’re fighting Edson Barboza. You know what he does to people. He spin kicks their head off, ya know? I’ve watched him for a long, long time, he’s been doing this for a long time.”

Bryce Mitchell touched on the style differentials between Edson Barboza and himself in the interview as well

“I think I’m going to win and that’s the most important thing…The fight’s going to start on the feet, so we’re definitely going to stand and all my fights started on the feet, so I stood with everybody that I go in there to fight. He’s not going to be any different. He ain’t fight any body exactly like me. There’s people that do stuff that I do, but he ain’t fight me before.”

Edson Barboza is a step up in competition for Mitchell, and is still one of the most dangerous strikers in the featherweight division. He is 2-2 in the division and many would argue that he should be 3-1.

Mitchell also predicted how the outcome between Barboza and himself would play out.

“I’m gonna cook him to the bone. It ought to be [a finish], not many people finish him. He’s hard to put away and if I put him away, especially in a certain manner, it’s pretty undeniable that I have a good skill set. Get a big finish, then a couple more and get the title shot. That’s what I’m wanting to do.”

Are you excited for this fight between Edson Barboza and Bryce Mitchell?