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Felder (17-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC), however, defeated Barboza via split decision in a close battle, with two judges scoring it 30-27 for each fighter. With Barboza’s team already intending to file an appeal, a visibly upset Barboza took to Instagram on Tuesday to address his thoughts.
“I watched the tape from my last fight, and I’m 100 percent sure I won the fight,” Barboza said. “Right now I want to sit down with my team, let’s see what’s going on and what’s going to happen in the future for me. It’s not fair. I work for UFC for almost 10 years, 22 fights and what happened last Saturday, it’s not fair with me.
“I have a lot of respect for my opponent, Paul. He’s a nice guy, a nice fighter. I won the fight. Everybody knows that. I want to sit down with my team, talk about my future, let’s see what happens. Thank you everybody for your messages. I will keep fighting, always. I will keep on fighting, always.
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Barboza (20-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) now has lost four of his last five fights and finds himself hitting a rough patch in the lightweight division, which likely has to do with why he’s taking the loss so hard.
Felder responded to Barboza’s appeal, saying he’s willing to fight him for a third time, but only if it’s a main event. He insinuated that Barboza was on the brink of breaking, and a five-round fight is the only way to settle it.
“Both of us put our bodies through so much during that fight that whoever came out with the loss would understandably be upset, but the numbers don’t lie,” Felder wrote on Instagram. “If we need to run it back I would be happy to, but this trilogy needs to be (five) rounds because someone was about to break, and that someone was not me. If the fans and Edson need a clear ending to this then it’s main event or bust.”
The two first fought in 2015, with Barboza defeating Felder in a fight of the night effort at UFC on Fox 16. UFC 242 was another bloody war, but Felder was able to narrowly avenge his loss.
You can read Felder entire Instagram post below:
I’ve been spending the last few days with my little girl. These fight camps take me away from her and I notice after every fight she has grown up a little more. I’m thankful that I can do what I love and provide for her… she is my “why”. As for my fight and what seems to have turned into a controversial decision amongst fans.. It was a war… a close fight between 2 skilled people that wanted to finish each other. I have nothing but respect for Edson. We both go out and put on fights to entertain the fans… With that said, I will say this… I walked him down the entire fight, I threw at him the entire fight, I never stalled the entire fight, if he landed, I landed… the entire fight. When he took me down, he took the damage… the entire fight. I never gassed or slowed my pace the entire fight. I got cut due to a head butt, Edson got cut due to strikes. Both of us put our bodies through so much during that fight that whoever came out with the loss would understandably be upset but the numbers don’t lie. If we need to run it back I would be happy to, but this trilogy needs to be 5 rounds because someone was about to break and that someone was not me. If the fans and Edson need a clear ending to this then it’s main event or bust. #irishdragon @mhpstrongusa @[email protected] @suckerpunchent
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