Edson Barboza and Ilia Topuria are set to square off in an exciting bout at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Allen next month. Topuria will have to overcome a considerable size disadvantage. He is 170cm tall while Barboza is 181cm tall and has an absurd reach of 191cm.
Barboza once again has a size disadvantage when it comes to reaching. The German-born fighter, Gamrot, has a reach of 175 cm.
Topuria, like Barboza, moved up to featherweight after fighting in the lightweight division.
Since joining the UFC in 2020, Ilia Topuria has gone undefeated in the organization. ‘El Matador’ managed to beat Youssef Zalal, Damon Jackson, Ryan Hall and Jai Herbert. Only Zalal survived all rounds, losing by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen.
Topuria has a UFC record of four wins and zero losses. Edson Barboza is much more experienced in the UFC, having fought in the organization since 2010. Barboza has won 16 UFC fights and lost 11 times in the MMA organization.
The Brazilian has been in poor form in his last seven UFC fights, winning only twice since 2019. Barboza managed to beat Makwan Amirkhani and Shane Burgos in back-to-back bouts but has since lost to Giga Chikadze and Bryce Mitchell.
Watch Edson Barboza’s last fight here:
What happened between Ilia Topuria and Paddy Pimblett?
Paddy Pimblett has risen to fame since joining the UFC. He had his first controversy when he faced Ilia Topuria at a hotel ahead of UFC London. Topuria felt that the Englishman had disrespected his country. Their fight was broken up before it got physical.
The two UFC fighters have apparently remained enemies although no fights are scheduled between the suitors. ‘El Matador’ is keen to fight ‘The Baddy’ and even called up the Englishman at UFC London.
After defeating Jai Herbert in the second round of UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Aspinall, Ilia Topuria called out Paddy Pimblett:
“England, I love you guys. Your guy here (Paddy Pimblett), he’s ab***h. Paddy Pimblett, win or lose, I want to fight you next.”
Watch the full interview below:
Topuria’s message, of course, was not well received by the English crowd, but it did set the stage for a future fight between the two fighters.
However, with the German-born martial artist moving up to featherweight to fight Edson Barboza, perhaps a fight against Paddy Pimblett has been put on the back burner.