Edson Barboza was viewed as an up-and-coming prospect entering his recent UFC 146 fight with Jamie Varner.
However, Varner scored victory over Barboza, and the Brazilian has been deep in training working to better himself since.
“I always say we learn more out of a loss than when we win, so I’ve learned a lot,” said Barboza, in a recent interview with Tatame.com. “Now, I’m working in order not do make the same mistakes and get a win next (time).”
Barboza (10-1) had earned a highlight-reel knockout of Terry Etim earlier in the year, his fourth consecutive UFC victory. The TKO loss to Varner, however, knocked him down a few rings in the lightweight pecking order.
“I want to get back in there as soon as possible,” Barboza said. “I’ve been training a lot, correcting my mistakes to get back there better. I’m crazy about fighting again.”
The loss to Varner continues to fuel Barboza’s desire, as the fighter said, “How many times we get surprised when the so-called favorite is defeated? When we get into the cage, both sides had equal chances of winning and losing. (Varner) was lucky to land his coup before I could’ve landed mine.”