Lee was able to compose himself and execute a takedown to recover
and continue the fight. Barboza was eventually worn down by Lee and
the doctor had to call off the bout in the fifth round.
It is the first time in the Brazilian’s professional mixed martial
arts career that he’s lost back-to-back fights. However, what is
more concerning is the manner of his recent defeats. In his last
two fights against Khabib
Nurmagomedov and Lee, both fighters were able to nullify the
his dangerous attacks by utilising their superior wrestling skills
to manhandle and control Barboza for the entire fight.
Barboza recently told MMAFighting.com in an interview that he was
keen for a quick turnaround to avenge the one-sided losses.
“My plan is to fight again as soon as possible. I love what I do
and I’m still motivated and hungry to keep training and getting
better. I want to fight at least two times more this year.”
Although Barboza will have to wait for his Octagon return as he was
medically suspended indefinitely pending a CT scan of his head and
facial bones. At a minimum, Barboza has to sit on the sidelines for
at least 60 days with 30 days of no contact.
In terms of his next opponent, Barboza will most likely be eyeing a
Top 10 opponent whose style matches his. It seems fight fans would
be keen to see Barboza’s striking game against someone who is
willing to stand and trade.