This weekend at UFC 146, Edson Barboza will be seeking his fifth straight win in the octagon when he meets Jamie Varner, who stepped up to replace Evan Dunham on short notice.
The 26-year-old Brazilian has been on a tear since signing with the UFC, extending his undefeated record to 10-0 with impressive victories over the likes of Anthony Njokuani, Ross Pearson and Terry Etim. Speaking with LowKick.com recently, Barboza said that he’s hoping a fifth UFC victory will see him in line for a title shot — but he’s not letting thoughts like that cloud his mind ahead of his next fight.
“I don’t know, but I hope so,” Barboza said when asked if he thought he’d get a title shot. “Actually, I am not worried about this for now. I want to be fighting against the best fighters in the world. I want to win my space step by step. I am not in a hurry. I know I am in a really hard division, and it keeps me motivated to train harder and harder. Today I am focused on my next fight. I want to do my best inside the octagon. What will happen after that, it is in God’s hands.”
Barboza was also presented with the prospect of a fight to establish number one contendership against Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Though he’s interested in the fight, Barboza maintained that his focus is on the task at hand.
“I don’t know, maybe so,” he said of the idea. “But as I said I am focused on my next fight. So, I neither think about who will be my next opponent, nor about what the people are saying. Pettis is a great fighter. He already won the current champion of this division. This could be a great fight, truly a war. As I said I love being able to fight, I love my job. I want to be fighting against the best ones. Whoever it is, I want to fight.”
UFC 146 goes down this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.