Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell Set For March 5 Fight Night

March 5 will play host to a serious clash of styles when scintillating striker Edson Barboza takes on undefeated submission upstart Bryce Mitchell.

MMA Junkie was the first to report the news of this featherweight bout on Thursday. This will be Mi…

Bryce Mitchell, Edson Barboza

March 5 will play host to a serious clash of styles when scintillating striker Edson Barboza takes on undefeated submission upstart Bryce Mitchell.

MMA Junkie was the first to report the news of this featherweight bout on Thursday. This will be Mitchell’s first fight of 2021 and the third Octagon appearance this year for the veteran Barboza. There is currently no venue or main event announced for this card.

It was just Tuesday that Mitchell put out an open challenge to his fellow featherweights in hopes of landing a fight. Less than 48 hours later, he got his wish in a willing Barboza stepping up to the plate.

The undefeated Mitchell is 5-0 in the UFC, 14-0 overall. On paper, there is little doubt on whether this bout will serve as the most difficult test of the 27-year-old prospect’s career. Mitchell most recently defeated another UFC veteran, Andre Fili, in his most recent bout in October of last year.

Edson Barboza has been partaking in battles and earning performance bonuses in the UFC for over a decade now. It wasn’t until last year that he decided to dive into the featherweight pool. Barboza has gone 2-2 since making the leap, most recently losing to fellow striking dynamo Giga Chikadze in August.

Make no mistake about it, though, Barboza has seen his hand raised at the end of UFC competition more times than not, including wins over the likes of Dan Hooker, Beneil Dariush, Anthony Pettis, and Paul Felder.

MMA News will keep you in the loop on further updates attached to this March 5 Fight Night event.

Who’s your pick, Edson Barboza or Bryce Mitchell?

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REPORT | Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell Set For March 5

Bryce MitchellEdson Barboza will look to get back to winning ways against top featherweight prospect Bryce Mitchell on March 5 according to a report from MMA Junkie. The Brazilian suffered a third-round TKO defeat at the hands of Giga Chikadze last time out. Prior to that, Barboza had been impressive since making the drop down to […]

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Edson Barboza will look to get back to winning ways against top featherweight prospect Bryce Mitchell on March 5 according to a report from MMA Junkie.

The Brazilian suffered a third-round TKO defeat at the hands of Giga Chikadze last time out. Prior to that, Barboza had been impressive since making the drop down to featherweight. He picked up back-to-back wins over Shane Burgos and Makwan Amirkhani after suffering a very controversial split decision defeat to Dan Ige in his division debut.

Bryce Mitchell Returns After A Long Injury Induced Layoff

‘Thug Nasty’ has been sidelined for more than a year after suffering a hand injury in a career-best win over Andre ‘Touchy’ Fili at UFC Vegas 12 in October 2020.

The 27-year-old spoke with LowKickMMA’s James Lynch back in June about approaching his hand injury with caution, hence his lengthy layoff from fighting.

“It was broken in that (Andre) Fili fight but it’s doing a lot better,” Mitchell said. “I’ve got my full grip strength back and I’m just making sure I don’t punch anything too hard too soon. That’d be a rebreak and that’s why I’m waiting for a little while before I take another fight, but I’m in good shape and I’ve been training and, you know, I could fight right now if I had to. If I got like real bad debt or something in like a week (I could fight) if I had to. But I’m just waiting until my hand heals a little bit better till I go pursue one.

“I don’t think that it will happen again if I take my time to heal it and then I change my punching method,” Mitchell added. “You know, I was throwing as hard as I possibly could. So I probably should do that more accurately next time. If you’re swinging as hard as you can, you need to be a little bit more accurate, so I’ll be safe with it and wait for a little while, till it heals up.

“I don’t think that it’s going to bother me again, but if it does break on the first punch of the next fight, I’m just going to keep fighting like I did last time. If I have to fight with a broke hand, I’m fine with that too, but I hope it don’t do that.”

Who do you think will win on March 5? Edson Barboza or Bryce Mitchell?

Giga Chikadze Says He’s The People’s Champ Of The UFC FW Division

Giga Chikadze wants his respect.  The Georgian striker is fresh off the biggest win of his career after finishing Edson Barboza in his most recent outing. Chikadze showcased just how good his pinpoint striking is en route to the signature victory….

Giga Chikadze wants his respect.  The Georgian striker is fresh off the biggest win of his career after finishing Edson Barboza in his most recent outing. Chikadze showcased just how good his pinpoint striking is en route to the signature victory. He believes the showing was enough to boost him further up the ranks than […]

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Edson Barboza Targeting December Return Following Giga Chikadze Defeat

BarbozaEdson Barboza is looking to compete before the end of the year. Barboza saw his two-fight winning streak in the featherweight division halted after getting TKO’d by Giga Chikadze in the third round of their 145-pound headliner late last month. It was a big blow for Barboza who was finished for the first time since […]

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Edson Barboza is looking to compete before the end of the year.

Barboza saw his two-fight winning streak in the featherweight division halted after getting TKO’d by Giga Chikadze in the third round of their 145-pound headliner late last month.

It was a big blow for Barboza who was finished for the first time since March 2019 as well as saw his hopes of entering title contention delayed for the time being.

The Brazilian was quiet following the setback as he didn’t appear at the post-fight press conference nor was he active on social media. Until now.

Barboza took to Instagram recently to declare that he was ready to return to action in December.

“Dezembro? Estou dentro!!!! @ufc_brasil ?? December? I’m in!!! @ufc”

As for a potential opponent? It remains to be seen at this point. However, Barboza will undoubtedly be looking to fight someone ranked higher than him.

Barboza moved down to the featherweight division last year and suffered a split decision defeat to Dan Ige — a contest many felt he should have emerged victorious in.

However, Barboza bounced back with impressive wins over Makwan Amirkhani and Shane Burgos until his latest setback.

Who do you want to see Barboza face next?

MMA Fans React To Paul/Woodley & UFC Vegas 35 Results

The Pulse of MMA: Fan Reactions To The Sport’s Biggest Stories Here are some of the raw reactions from the MMA community to the sport’s hottest stories! Paul Def. Woodley Via Decision, Rematch If Woodley Gets Tattoo Last night, Jake Paul defeated Tyron…

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The Real Winners and Losers from UFC on ESPN 30

The past few UFC Fight Nights have been lacking in big names. UFC on ESPN 30 was no exception, but like its predecessors, it exceeded all expectations in terms of action…

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