Edson Barboza

Edson Barboza makes a statement following UFC 242 loss

When the final bell rang at UFC 242, Edson Barboza was confident he had done enough to beat Paul Felder. And, when he heard the first score was 30-27 in favor of him, he knew he was getting back into the win column.

Yet, that was not the case as Felder ended up winning by split-decision. The Brazilian was frustrated by the loss and plans on appealing it. Now, days later, he took to social media to release a statement on the loss, in which he says he still believes he won the fight.

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Hey guys, First of all I want to thank you for all the messages, they absolutely comforted my heart. After this Saturday, everyone knows that I won that fight! I have watched it again and I was the winner without no doubt, but unfortunately they gave the result to my opponent. Nothing against my opponent, he went there and did his job, but everyone knows that I won that fight. I will keep for justice to be done. I hope they give this victory to me in some way, or maybe through the UFC, if they pronounce about the fight saying that this fight was mine, or maybe through the Athletic Commission. I’ve been working for the UFC for so long, and what they did with me this Saturday was not right. I will keep fighting for something to be done. Once again thank you very much for the support, for the messages, I will give my best to change it.

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“Hey guys, first of all I want to thank you for all the messages, they absolutely comforted my heart,” Barboza said. “After this Saturday, everyone knows that I won that fight! I have watched it again and I was the winner without no doubt, but unfortunately they gave the result to my opponent. Nothing against my opponent, he went there and did his job, but everyone knows that I won that fight. I will keep [working] for justice to be done.

“I hope they give this victory to me in some way, or maybe through the UFC, if they pronounce about the fight saying that this fight was mine, or maybe through the Athletic Commission. I’ve been working for the UFC for so long, and what they did with me this Saturday was not right. I will keep fighting for something to be done. Once again thank you very much for the support, for the messages, I will give my best to change it.”

Where Edson Barboza goes from here is unknown. The Brazilian will no doubt fall in the lightweight rankings. But, he remains a top fighter in the division and one many fans are eager to see compete. He always brings the fight when he comes and is never in boring fights.

Regardless, for now, he is still soaking in the UFC 242 loss, which he knows he never lost.