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Edson Barboza: I probably would’ve fought my cornermen if they’d stopped the Khabib fight

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Lightweight contender Edson Barboza reflects on his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 219.

To partially quote the late Bjørge Lillelien, Edson Barboza took one hell of a beating against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 219. Incredibly, Barboza withstood the insane amount of punishment he endured from the opening round, and was able to go the distance. The judges turned in scores of 30-25, 30-25, and 30-24, making this the most lopsided three-round scoring in the history of the UFC.

With the Brazilian taking an absolute thrashing, Joe Rogan was among those who said that Barboza’s corner should consider stopping the fight at the end of round 2. This obviously didn’t happen — corner stoppages in MMA are extremely rare to begin with — and Barboza is glad that they didn’t throw in the towel.

“If my corners had stopped the fight, I probably would have fought them all,” he said (via MMA Fighting). “They know me really well, they know what I can handle. I’ve trained with millions of different people, the best boxers in New Jersey and Philadelphia, and they never knocked me down. They know me, they know what I can take, and they knew I could win at any moment.”

Barboza, who has scored some truly spectacular knockouts over the course of his UFC career, truly believed he could hand Khabib a dramatic loss, but it never materialized.

“I was aware of what was happening the entire time, and I believed it until the end,” Barboza said. “Things were going wrong but I kept thinking, ‘Brother, if he gives me a chance I’ll finish the fight.’ I remember everything that happened that night.”

What surprised Barboza more than anything was Khabib repeatedly closing the distance with his pressuring foorwork, denying him the space he prefers to work with to set up his dangerous kicks.

”Honestly, I didn’t expect that,” Barboza said. “He walked backwards in all of his previous fights before he went for takedowns. I was prepared for it, but I thought he would do what he always did, to avoid the striking. It surprised me that he moved forward.”

Barboza said he’s back in training, as he prepares to help his teammate Frankie Edgar for his featherweight title fight vs. Max Holloway at UFC 222. Unlike Edgar, Barboza currently doesn’t have a fight booked, but he says he’s willing to take on anyone in lightweight’s top-10 bar Eddie Alvarez, who is also a teammate of his.

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TheUnchosenOne
5 days ago
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This is an excellent argument for why corners need to stop MMA fights more often
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Star Wars was a mess before it was saved by the editor

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How a train wreck becomes a classic

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TheUnchosenOne
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Motherfucker how do you write this without mentioning Marcia Lucas
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Danny DeVito fans should give Ryan Reynolds’ Detective Pikachu a chance

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Ryan’s not the Pikachu we wanted, but maybe he’ll be the Pikachu we need

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TheUnchosenOne
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Counterpoint: no
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Horror-inspired Riverdale spinoff, Sabrina, is coming to Netflix

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Based on the classic character’s recent horror series

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TheUnchosenOne
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This I would watch
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Conor McGregor deletes ‘F—k yous all’ tweet referencing his actions at Bellator 187

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Don’t expect any remorse from Conor McGregor for his behavior at Bellator 187.

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor became the star of Bellator 187 in his home country of Ireland, as he found himself in a heated confrontation with referee Marc Goddard in the immediate aftermath of Charlie Ward’s knockout win vs. John Redmond.

McGregor, who attended the Bellator card as a spectator, stormed into the cage to celebrate with Ward, a longtime friend and teammate of his, but scenes turned chaotic when Conor shoved Goddard, who wanted McGregor out of the cage and hadn’t even had the chance to check on the badly hurt Redmond. As if that wasn’t enough, McGregor was seen slapping a Bellator official whilst on top of the cage, so it was quite the contentious Friday evening for the biggest star in MMA.

Association of Boxing Commissions president Mike Mazzulli wrote a statement admonishing McGregor for his behavior, and there is a significant possibility that McGregor will face some form of punishment.

McGregor, who has called Goddard “a rat” and has steadily built up a history with him, took to Twitter to address his actions from Friday, and then just as quickly deleted the tweet, which wrote:

“Bloke KO’d on the floor bout a minute straight and ref trying to say fights not over Conor. That’s when I lost it. F–k yous all.”

A screenshot of the tweet can be found here.

Ward’s KO of Redmond occurred at the 4:59 of round 1, with a right hand that knocked Redmond down, then one follow-up punch led to Goddard’s intervention.

Meanwhile, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh had this to say about Conor’s behavior.

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TheUnchosenOne
64 days ago
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"Conor McGregor deleted a tweet" is apparently news, now
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L.A. Noire’s interrogations are a bit different in remaster

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Plus, a look at the Nintendo Switch version’s features

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TheUnchosenOne
68 days ago
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This tiny change makes L.A. Noire so much better
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