Lightweight Edson barboza and Shane Burgos will face UFC 262, which is scheduled to take place on May 15, 2021. The news was first reported by Combat and later confirmed by Addicted to MMA, but the UFC has yet to announce the fight.
Edson Barboza (21-9 MMA, 15-9 UFC) made his featherweight debut in May 2020 with a split decision loss to No.9-ranked Dan Ige and returned to the winning column with a victory by unanimous decision. Makwan amirkhani at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen. Barboza will look forward to extending his winning streak to two with a win over Burgos. This is Edson Barboza’s first fight after signing a new multiple fight contract with the UFC.
Shane Burgos (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) secured his three-game winning streak at the hands of the ranked No.7 Josh Emmett at UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs Volkov in June 2020.
The fight is an intriguing stylistic match with implications in the top ten in the featherweight division, and here are three reasons why it will be huge.
1. Edson Barboza and Shane Burgos are as exciting as fighters can be
If the UFC 262 line-up hasn’t got you excited yet, it’s the fight that will have you jumping up and down. Edson Barboza and Shane Burgos are dynamic forwards who don’t engage in wrestling trades. The pair won a combined performance of 11 night bonuses between them and that speaks for itself. Edson Barboza gave fight fans some of the UFC’s best highlight reel finishes with his kicking game and refined technique.
Shane Burgos, on the other hand, is a less technical brawler with an iron chin who doesn’t mind taking one to give back two. Stylistically, the fight tends to end with a climax reel finish or end with a full slugfest.
2. The bout will determine the next potential participant in the top ten of the featherweight division.
According to the latest UFC featherweight ranking, Shane Burgos and Edson Barboza are ranked No.12 and No.14 respectively. Both are exciting fighters who are some of the relatively well-known faces outside of the top ten. The winner of this fight will most likely have the opportunity to fight one of the top ten candidates. The prospect is too lucrative to let go with a lackluster performance and it will only act as an added incentive for both fighters to produce a memorable victory.
3. Fighting will lead to more exciting featherweight fights
The bottom half of the featherweight division’s top ten features some of the most exciting fighters on the list. If the winner of Edson Barboza vs Shane Burgos can impress the matchmakers, he will most likely be paired with the winner of Dan Ige vs. Gavin Tucker, or Sodiq Yusuff vs. Arnold Allen. Each of these fighters are rock hard, and every potential match between the winners will lead to another instant classic.