After falling short at UFC Vegas 35, what’s next for Edson Barboza?

Edson Barboza

This past Saturday in the headliner of UFC Vegas 35, we saw a fight that was a dream matchup on paper. Two of the very best strikers in the world battled it out as Edson Barboza (22-10) took on Giga Chikadze (14-2).

Heading into UFC Vegas 35, I actually was picking Barboza. I really liked the way Barboza looked in his fight with Shane Burgos, and I’ve seen Chikadze be susceptible to getting hit in the boxing range.

While Chikadze might’ve had the advantage in pure kicking technique, I liked the total package of Barboza. Well, I was proven to be very wrong on Saturday night. Barboza has always been someone who enjoyed a speed advantage in his striking.

He didn’t have a speed advantage over Chikadze at UFC Vegas 35. For the first couple of rounds, Chikadze’s flawless technique and speed kept Barboza off-balance. Barboza had his moments and the rounds were competitive, but Chikadze was staying a step ahead.

In the third round, Chikadze really turned up the pressure. Barboza was hurt badly and Chikadze was relentless. Ultimately, Barboza succumbed to the pressure of Chikadze and suffered a TKO loss.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 35?

Saturday night was a big setback for Barboza. Barboza had spent his career in the UFC’s lightweight division and took on the best of the best. While he had some success, he could never quite reach the top of the division.

When he moved down to 145, he looked like he was capable of doing that. He lost his first fight to Dan Ige by decision, although the majority of the MMA community believes that he won that. He then won two straight to setup this fight with Chikadze.

Now, it’s back to the drawing board after UFC Vegas 35. With that, who should the promotion pair him against. Well, I think there’s a perfect opponent that is just two spots behind him in the rankings.

I think the UFC should pair up Barboza and “Super” Sodiq Yusuff (11-2). These two were originally supposed to fight back in October but Yusuff had to pull out. Yusuff started his UFC career 4-0 prior to losing his first fight to Arnold Allen back in April.

With both men in a similar spot in the division and both coming off losses, it’s the perfect fight. It’s an exciting fight from a stylistic standpoint and it would tell us a lot about where each man stands in the UFC’s featherweight division.

After coming up short at UFC Vegas 29, what’s next for Dan Ige?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 29, in the main event Dan Ige (15-4) got a shot at former title challenger Chan Sung Jung (17-6). Heading into Saturday night, Ige was coming off of a 22 second knockout over Gavin Tucker back in March.

After Ige got that win, he immediately called out The Korean Zombie for his next fight. The UFC honored that request and the fight was made between the two men. So far in Ige’s UFC career, he’s been incredibly solid.

After losing his debut with the promotion, Ige won six fights in a row including a win over Edson Barboza. From there, Ige got his first headlining fight against Calvin Kattar last July during the UFC‘s first stint on Fight Island.

Ige was ultimately outboxed by Kattar in that one. After defeating Tucker, this shot against Chan Sung Jung was Ige’s chance to prove he belonged with the top of the division. However, it wasn’t in the cards for him on Saturday night to pick up the win.

While Ige had his moments at UFC Vegas 29, it was ultimately the fight of The Zombie. Jung dropped Ige at one point and really landed the more significant shots throughout. All three judges gave the fight to The Korean Zombie.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 29?

Dan Ige is now just 1-2 in his last three UFC fights, but both of those losses were in headliners where he was challenging the division’s best. Now, it looks like he’s going to have to take a bit of a step back.

In looking at the division, there are two fights that could make a lot of sense for Dan Ige next. One fight that I like is with Sodiq Yusuff (11-2). Like Ige, Yusuff earned his UFC contract via Dana White’s Contender Series.

Yusuff is just outside the top ten and he’s coming off of his first loss in the UFC. Another option for Ige could be Shane Burgos (13-3). Burgos has lost two in a row, but he’s in a very similar position as Ige. Both of those losses were against top level competition. A matchup between Ige and either of these men will really let us know where he’s at.

What’s next for Shane Burgos after UFC 262?

This past Saturday at UFC 262, the PPV opener was a fight that everyone was waiting on. Featherweight contenders Shane Burgos (13-3) and Edson Barboza (22-9) were set to fight in a fight that had fight of the night written all over it.

Edson Barboza was making his third appearance in the UFC‘s featherweight division. The dynamic striker has restarted his career at 145 after spending years in the lightweight division.

Shane Burgos was trying to stop Barboza from winning his second straight. Since making his debut with the UFC, Shane Burgos has been one of the more exciting fighters in the featherweight division.

He’s incredibly slick on the feet and he possesses a ton of power. His only two career losses heading into UFC 262 were against Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett. Outside of those two, Burgos had been perfect inside the octagon.

The UFC 262 opened fast and furious. Barboza went right to work with leg kicks and Burgos moved forward with pressure and shots to the body. Through the first two rounds, both men traded massive shots.

Entering the final round at UFC 262, I thought it was tied. With the fight up for grabs, the two men touched gloves to start the round. Barboza ended up landing a massive right hand on Burgos. Initially, Burgos took the shot well. However, his body started to feel it seconds later and he fell back for a delayed TKO loss.

What’s next after UFC 262?

It was quite the scary scene at UFC 262. In all my years of watching fights, I’ve never seen a delayed reaction like that before. We’ve seen delayed body shot reactions similar to that, but I’ve never seen a shot like that cause that kind of reaction.

Burgos was checked out by the medical staff and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Fortunately, Shane Burgos is fine and will be resuming his UFC career as anyone else would after suffering a loss like that.

Burgos is on a losing streak for the first time in his career. Granted, his two-fight losing streak is against elite competition. In the new UFC rankings, Burgos clocked in at 13th. With that ranking, what should the UFC do with him next?

I actually like the idea of pairing Burgos up against Sodiq Yusuff (11-2). Yusuff just suffered his first UFC loss and he’s ranked 11th. Whoever would win that potential matchup would be right back in the mix to challenge someone in the top ten.

After his win at UFC Vegas 23, what’s next for Arnold Allen?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 23, Arnold Allen (17-1) took on Sodiq Yusuff (11-2) in the co-main event. Both of these featherweights are looked at as two of the top prospects in the division and came in ranked 10th and 11th.

Arnold Allen made his UFC Debut back in 2015 and he was a perfect 7-0 entering the octagon on Saturday night. Like Allen, Yusuff was also perfect inside the octagon leading up to UFC Vegas 23.

Whoever won this matchup was going to be in a good position to make the leap to the next tier of competition. The fight on Saturday night was very close between the two top featherweights.

When you look at the striking numbers overall, you can see that. However, there were two moments in the first two rounds at UFC Vegas 23 that secured the fight for England’s Arnold Allen.

Allen was able to drop and hurt Yusuff in the first and the second round at UFC Vegas 23. Despite Yusuff having an edge in some of the striking numbers, those two moments secured Allen’s eighth straight win inside the octagon by unanimous decision.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 23?

After winning his eighth fight in a row, it’s time for the UFC to give Allen a bump up in his competition. With that said, who should the promotion look at in terms of the next opponent.

After the fight was over, Allen said he wanted to fight the winner of the Chan Sung Jung – Dan Ige fight. However, I don’t believe the UFC will go in that direction. I believe whoever wins that matchup will be a little too high in the division.

Yesterday, I wrote a piece about what the UFC should do with Yusuff next. I thought a good matchup would be the loser of the upcoming Edson Barboza – Shane Burgos matchup. 

With that in mind, I think the UFC should potentially look at booking the winner of that matchup against Allen. Both Burgos and Barboza have name recognition and would provide a stiff test for Arnold Allen. I know it’s not the biggest jump for him, but this would be a logical next matchup.

After suffering his first UFC loss, what’s next for Sodiq Yusuff?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 23, Sodiq Yusuff (11-2) and Arnold Allen (17-1) went head-to-head in the co-main event. This featherweight matchup paired up two of the division’s most exciting prospects.

Both of these contenders entered the octagon on Saturday unbeaten in the UFC. They were ranked 10th and 11th in the division. Whoever won was poised to take a step up in competition against some of the best in the featherweight division.

The fight at UFC Vegas 23 was extremely competitive. Both men had their moments and Yusuff did some solid work in the fight. However, there were two big moments in the first couple of rounds that swung the fight.

In the first and second rounds, Arnold Allen was able to land big shots that dropped Yusuff. While the striking numbers were extremely close overall and actually favored Yusuff, these two moments swung those two rounds.

Had Yusuff not been dropped, there is a strong chance he could have won a decision at UFC Vegas 23. He won the third round on all three scorecards, but all three judges gave Allen the first two rounds. Allen remained unbeaten inside the octagon while Yusuff suffered his first UFC loss.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 23?

This was a tough loss for Yusuff because it was such a close fight. However, with the way he lost at UFC Vegas 23, it’s not going to set him back a ton. In my opinion, the loss was more of a speed bump opposed to completely throwing him off course.

With that in mind, what’s next after UFC Vegas 23? For “Super” Sodiq’s next matchup, my attention turns to a featherweight contest that takes place in May. At UFC 262, Edson Barboza (21-9) and Shane Burgos (13-2) will battle it out.

Both of these contenders rank just below Yusuff in the UFC rankings as of today. I think the perfect next fight for Yusuff would be taking on the loser of that matchup. I don’t think the loser of that fight loses much ground just like Yusuff didn’t lose much ground.

Given the styles of all parties involved, I believe either man against Yusuff would be a fight that fans would be excited for. Time will tell what the UFC decides to do, but I would be shocked to see Yusuff get paired with the loser of that matchup.

Arnold Allen defeats Sodiq Yusuff at UFC Vegas 23

In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 23, we saw a pivotal matchup in the featherweight division. Top eleven ranked contenders went head-to-head as Arnold “Almighty” Allen (16-1) took on “Super” Sodiq Yusuff (11-1).

Both of these top contenders were in a very similar position. Both are young, entering their prime and they’re both ready to make that next jump into the UFC‘s premier names at 145 pounds.

For Arnold Allen, this is just his eighth UFC appearance despite making his debut back in 2015. While Allen hasn’t been the most active, he’s definitely been effective. In his UFC career thus far, Allen is a perfect 7-0.

Sodiq Yusuff also held a perfect UFC record coming into today. Yusuff earned himself a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series and he hasn’t looked back. “Super” Sadiq has gone 4-0 and his last win came against the tough Andre Fili.

UFC Vegas 23 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 23 co-main event kicked off with no touch of the gloves. Yusuff took the center while Allen was bouncing on the outside. Nasty leg kick from Yusuff starts the striking. A lot of pressure from Yusuff early.

Yusuff tries for a body kick, but Allen catches it and lands a takedown. However, they were against the fence and Yusuff started using the fence to get up. Yusuff uses a guillotine choke attempt to reverse the position and a scramble has them standing again.

More pressure from Yusuff, but Allen lands a big shot that slows the pressure. Allen lands another clean shot, but Yusuff lands a good shot of his own. A big shot from Arnold Allen sits Yusuff down. Allen pushes forward but Yusuff recovers quickly.

Yusuff backs away and Arnold Allen lands a takedown. However, Yusuff again used the fence to get back up. Allen was heavy on the pressure as the two were clinched along the fence. The bell sounds and it’s 1-0 Arnold Allen at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC Vegas 23, it looks like Arnold Allen has the respect of Sodiq Yusuff. Yusuff goes right back on the pressure to start the second round. Allen was light on his feet and was sliding out of the way of the big shots from Yusuff.

A nice straight left hand lands for Allen and he follows it with an uppercut. A couple of clean straight right hands land for Yusuff. Yusuff is not swinging nearly as wild here in the second and he’s starting to touch Allen more.

Solid low kick lands for Yusuff. A big headkick lands for Arnold Allen and Yusuff is wobbled badly. Allen follows up and Yusuff goes down briefly. However, Yusuff recovered quickly and the two ended up in a clinch.

After a couple of knees from Yusuff, the two separate. More pressure from Yusuff and he lands a good leg kick. He forced a clinch after, but Allen immediately reversed the position and pushed Yusuff against the fence.

Allen was extremely heavy with the shoulder and head pressure in the clinch. The two break just as the round comes to a close. It’s 2-0 Arnold Allen here at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 3

Entering the final round here at UFC Vegas 23 and Sodiq Yusuff is going to need a finish in this one. Yusuff immediately moves forward and forces a clinch to start the third round. However, Allen immediately reversed the position.

Yusuff forces the break, but Allen immediately shoots in for another takedown. However, Yusuff defended well. Allen got up and forced a clinch against the fence. Yusuff then reverses the position on Allen and tries for his own takedown but couldn’t land it.

The two break and go back to striking. Yusuff was really loading up on his shots and landed a couple, but Allen was able to get a body lock and forced a clinch. “Super” Sodiq reverses the position, but there wasn’t a lot of urgency from him here in the third.

Allen reverses the position with 40 seconds left in the round. It just doesn’t appear that Yusuff has the energy to do anything to get the finish. The round comes to a close and I give Yusuff the round, but Allen the fight 29-28 at UFC Vegas 23.

Arnold Allen def. Sodiq Yusuff by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

UFC Vegas 23 Preview: Arnold Allen – Sodiq Yusuff

In the co-main event at UFC Vegas 23, we will see a very important fight in the featherweight division. Two top prospects will go head-to-head as England’s Arnold “Almighty” Allen (16-1) takes on “Super” Sodiq Yusuff (11-1).

Entering tomorrow’s co-main event, Yusuff is 11th and Allen is 10th in the UFC‘s featherweight rankings. Whoever wins this matchup is poised to move up the ladder and get a shot at a premier top ten name at featherweight.

Arnold Allen made his UFC debut back in June of 2015. However, since his debut, he hasn’t been the most active fighter. In almost six years, this is just the eighth time that Allen has made the walk to the octagon.

Despite the lack of fights, it hasn’t held him back from being impressive. In his seven fights in the UFC, Allen is a perfect 7-0. His last fight was in January of 2020 and he scored a decision win over Nik Lentz. He also has a decision win over former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez inside the octagon.

With the wave of African UFC stars, another name to watch is Sodiq Yusuff. Yusuff hails from Nigeria just like UFC champions Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman. “Super” Sodiq looks like he can be the next great African star in the octagon.

Yusuff earned himself a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series back in 2018. Since then, he’s competed four times inside the octagon going 4-0 and he stepped up competition along the way. His last fight was at UFC 246 in January of 2020 where he defeated the very tough Andre Fili by decision.

UFC Vegas 23 Prediction

I’m very excited for this matchup at UFC Vegas 23. As I mentioned, whoever wins this matchup is going to take that next step in their careers towards the premier names in the featherweight division.

For Arnold Allen to be successful tomorrow night, he has to keep this fight close. He needs to mix his strikes with his grappling. Allen needs to land takedowns in order to win this fight.

While his striking is not bad by any stretch, I don’t like him in a distance striking matchup with Yusuff. On the flip side, Yusuff needs to keep this fight at range. He’s going to have the speed and the power advantage at UFC Vegas 23.

If Yusuff can keep this fight at range, he’s going to get the better of the exchanges. Someone is getting their first loss in the UFC tomorrow night and I could see it being either man. I really like the diverse attack that Arnold Allen can bring to the table tomorrow.

Allen’s kicks and his grappling ability might give Yusuff some issues. However, as much as I like Allen’s game, I believe Yusuff is going to win tomorrow. I think he’s going to land the more impactful shots and ultimately take home a relatively close decision win at UFC Vegas 23.

Prediction: Sodiq Yusuff by Unanimous Decision

UFC books Sodiq Yusuff – Arnold Allen

The UFC is in the process of finalizing a big time matchup in their featherweight division. MMA Junkie was the first to report today that the promotion is booking a matchup between top ten contenders, Sodiq Yusuff (11-1) and Arnold Allen (16-1).

The matchup is set to take place at a UFC Fight Night on April 10th. This will be the first time either man will have stepped into the cage in over a year. The last time we saw Yusuff was at UFC 246 in January of 2020.

That night, Yusuff took on the tough Andre Fili. While File was able to push Yusuff, Yusuff still picked up the unanimous decision victory. The win was his fourth straight since earning a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series.

Yusuff has a ton of hype behind him and there is a great amount of interest in this featherweight contender. He will make the walk on April 20th as the tenth ranked contender in the division. For the first time, he’s going to be facing a fighter ranked above him.

UFC Top Ten Featherweight Showdown

Just like with Yusuff, the last time we saw Allen in the UFC was in January of 2020. That night, Allen was able to pick up a decision win over Nik Lentz. Allen joined the UFC back in 2015 and has fought seven times for the promotion.

While he’s been fairly inactive, Allen has had a great start to his career with the promotion going a perfect 7-0. The English born featherweight will have a massive opportunity on April 10th.

Allen will make the walk as the ninth ranked featherweight in the UFC. Should he be able to pickup a win over Yusuff, it is very likely that he could get a top five opponent in his next matchup. There’s going to be a lot on the line in this one in April.

UFC: Edson Barboza – Sodiq Yusuff targeted for October 10th

Edson Barboza

There has been a switch of opponents for UFC featherweight Edson Barboza (20-9). Originally, Barboza was set to headline an October 3rd event with Jeremy Stephens. However, that fight has been scrapped by the promotion.

The UFC has decided to move Barboza back a week and give him a new opponent. Per Combate and later confirmed by MMA Junkie, Edson Barboza will now take on Sodiq Yusuff (11-1) on the UFC‘s October 10th card.

Big UFC Featherweight Matchup

Barboza has hit a bit of a rough patch over the past two years. Starting in December of 2017, Barboza has gone 1-5 in his last six fights. Of course, two of those fights were very close split decision losses.

Barboza decided to move down to featherweight in his last matchup against Dan Ige. After looking great early on, Barboza would fade late in the fight and two of the judges gave the fight to Ige.

However, the good thing to take away was the fact that Barboza made the weight, and he looked pretty good at the weight class. This could be a new start for Barboza’s career.

“Super” Sodiq Yusuff was featured on the second season of Dana White’s Contender Series. After winning an impressive decision in that contest, he’s gone 4-0 inside the UFC.

The Nigerian born fighter shows off incredible striking technique with great hand speed. He has really good power, and he’s extremely exciting to watch. In his last fight, he defeated the game Andre Fili by decision.

This fight is likely going to be slotted in the co-main event spot before the Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen fight. the UFC is putting together a solid card for their next round on Fight Island.