Edson Barboza is a proud Brazilian, but he appears to have found a new home in New Jersey.
Wednesday night, Barboza earned another victory in the state, defeating Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 45 with a devastating liver kick.
“I trained so hard for this fight,” said Barboza, during the post-fight show on FOX Sports 1. “This is my house. I live here in New Jersey. I’ve fought in New Jersey four times and I’ve got four wins.”
Back in 2010, Barboza scored a first round knockout while fighting for Ring of Combat in Atlantic City. Later that year, he earned another finish thanks to leg kicks, netting himself the ROC lightweight title.
Barboza’s (14-2) second UFC fight came in Newark, as he scored a decision over Anthony Njokuani. Overall, he has won four of his last five, with the lone loss coming to Donald Cerrone this past April.
It was just three minutes into the first round when Barboza saw his opening and attacked Dunham, taking the advice of his corner to heart.
“I saw his elbow a little up and my muay Thai coach said, ‘Kick, kick, kick,’ and that’s what I did,” he said. “I train my whole life. I can’t wait to train again.”