Dan Hooker Gets Top-10 Opponent: Edson Barboza, Dec. 15th

Dan Hooker is finally getting his wish in being booked against a ranked opponent, as he will be facing off against #6 ranked Edson Barboza December 15th at UFC Fight Night on FOX 31. Dan Hooker confirmed the news on his Twitter account. Dan Hooker brin…

Dan Hooker is finally getting his wish in being booked against a ranked opponent, as he will be facing off against #6 ranked Edson Barboza December 15th at UFC Fight Night on FOX 31. Dan Hooker confirmed the news on his Twitter account. Dan Hooker brings an MMA record of 17-7 in the bout and […]

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Edson Barboza Says Time at ATT Has Exceeded His Expectations

Edson Barboza says he’s already reaping the benefits of moving to Florida to join American Top Team. For the first time in his professional mixed martial arts career, Barboza has lost two fights in a row. He dropped back-to-back bouts against Kha…

Edson Barboza says he’s already reaping the benefits of moving to Florida to join American Top Team. For the first time in his professional mixed martial arts career, Barboza has lost two fights in a row. He dropped back-to-back bouts against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kevin Lee. Both fights were one-sided with Barboza being on the […]

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Dan Hooker Targets Bouts With Anthony Pettis & Edson Barboza

Dan Hooker targets bouts that will take him to the next level. Hooker is coming off a first-round knockout victory over Gilbert Burns. The two did battle last month at UFC 226 in Las Vegas. The victory extended Hooker’s winning streak to four and…

Dan Hooker targets bouts that will take him to the next level. Hooker is coming off a first-round knockout victory over Gilbert Burns. The two did battle last month at UFC 226 in Las Vegas. The victory extended Hooker’s winning streak to four and he’s finished all of his opponents in this current span. Dan […]

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Manager Targeting Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje Bout

A fire fight could be coming to the lightweight division quite soon…

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At this point, the UFC’s lightweight division could potentially be the most exciting in mixed martial arts and two of the most exciting fighters competing in that division are Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje.

Both men are coming off of back-to-back losses, with Barboza suffering brutal defeats to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kevin Lee and Gaethje dropping fights to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier.

With that being said, a fight between the two could make quite a bit of sense and Alex Garcia, Barboza’s manager, recently told Portal do Vale Tudo (Via MMAMania.com) that it’s a bout he’s hoping comes to fruition.


In terms of rankings, Barboza currently sits at No. 6 in the 155-pound division. Prior to his most recent defeats, the Brazilian had picked up three-straight victories over the likes of Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez and Beniel Dariush.

Gaethje, meanwhile, currently sits at No. 7 and had won all 18 of his professional fights prior to his current losing streak. He’s also the former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) champion.

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Manager Wants to See Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje

Edson Barboza’s manager wants to see his fighter do battle with Justin Gaethje. Barboza and Gaethje are known for their brutalizing leg kicks. Both men engage in the stand-up more often than not, so fans have been clamoring for a bout between the…

Edson Barboza’s manager wants to see his fighter do battle with Justin Gaethje. Barboza and Gaethje are known for their brutalizing leg kicks. Both men engage in the stand-up more often than not, so fans have been clamoring for a bout between the two. With the two lightweights coming off back-to-back losses, it’s easy to […]

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Colby Covington Sounds Off On ‘Coked-Up Leprechaun’ Conor McGregor

UFC welterweight Colby Covington has made nearly every big name in mixed martial arts his target as of late. And now he’s focused on the biggest name out there. Heading into his interim title fight versus Rafael dos Anjos at June 9’s UFC 225 from Chicago, Covington clapped back at the circling suggestions that he […]

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UFC welterweight Colby Covington has made nearly every big name in mixed martial arts his target as of late.

And now he’s focused on the biggest name out there.

Heading into his interim title fight versus Rafael dos Anjos at June 9’s UFC 225 from Chicago, Covington clapped back at the circling suggestions that he was simply copying former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s style in an interview with BJ Penn Radio, and to no surprise, he claimed he was here to be his own unique supervillain – not to make friends:

“People, they wanna say I’m mimicking McGregor, I’m mimicking Chael Sonnen. I’m not trying to be anything like them. Does it look like I’m trying to get followers or I’m trying to get fans? I don’t care. I’m not trying to make people happy. I don’t care. You’re gonna be mad, but you will tune in to see me fight ’cause you wanna see me lose. At the end of the day, all these people that wanna say I’m trying to mimic another person, no. I’m unique in my own way. No one’s ever done and went the route I’ve went, full supervillain here.”

Covington then went full-on “Chaos” on McGregor, claiming he used a certain substance. The top-ranked welterweight recently offered to bring McGregor in for his assault charges stemming from his April 5 bus attack on Khabib Nurmagomedov and others in Brooklyn, New York, an over-the-top outburst Covington claims McGregor only did to get back the headlines he was stealing from him:

“He’s a coked-up little Leprechaun. He’s making stupid mistakes, but the thing is, Jason, is that he noticed that King Colby was in the media a lot and in the headlines, and he was losing attention, so he was just trying to steal the headlines back. But at the end of the day, as soon as I put out my tweet that King Colby the bounty hunter was looking for him, he turned himself in. He knows he didn’t wanna get his hands dirty with me.”

Regardless of if he admits he’s copying notorious trash talkers like McGregor and Sonnen, however, he is, just as they built upon the legacies of prominent combats sports smack talkers before them.

It’s a big part of the fight game, and Covington is fully embracing the role of heel to wildly successful results, something that almost assuredly propelled him to title contention much faster than playing a babyface role would have.

Saying he’s stealing McGregor’s headlines is a bit of a stretch, of course, but that’s how he’s gotten this far, so no need to stop now. After so many callouts and so much smack, the pressure’s now on Covington to win the title versus the surging ‘RDA’ in Chicago next month.

If he can back it up, look out.

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