Edson Barboza continues to amaze the mixed martial arts (MMA) world with his phenomenal performances in the octagon. Fans were left in awe after his impressive first-round knee knockout of Billy Quarantillo in the main event of UFC Kansas City on Saturday, which marked the ninth knockout win of Barboza’s career.
The Brazilian veteran attributed his victory to his unwavering determination and grit. In his post-fight interview, Barboza called for the UFC matchmakers to give him a ranked opponent for his next booking.
Former UFC middleweight champion and two-division kickboxing champion Alex Pereira praised Barboza’s skills, saying, “Nice knockout! Definitely a fan of [Edson Barboza.]”
Other MMA fighters, including Ode Osbourne, Julian Marquez, and Michael Chiesa, also lauded Barboza’s latest highlight-reel finish. Osbourne described Barboza’s running knee as dynamite, while Chiesa declared: “Edson is still that dude. My goodness.”
Barboza’s recent win elicited various reactions from the MMA community, with many of them impressed by his knockout power. Kay Hansen expressed her concern for Quarantillo, who was knocked out cold on the canvas. Aljamain Sterling gave Quarantillo a shoutout, urging him to keep his head up despite the loss.
Barboza, who broke his two-fight win streak with the victory, still has a lot to offer in the UFC, and we can expect to see more highlight-reel finishes from him in the future.