Ahead of his return to the Octagon at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping, Edson Barboza decided a change was in order. Barboza, who will face Lucas Martins at the January 19 event, decided to join Frankie Edgar’s camp in New Jersey.
Barboza is coming off a loss – the first of his MMA career – to Jamie Varner last May. He had won each of his prior 10 fights, including four inside the Octagon.
“I need to prove everything. I’ve been working for this fight,” said Barboza, during a recent interview with MMA Weekly. “I’ve trained in Florida, I’ve trained in Brazil before; but here in (New) Jersey, the coaches are a big difference. I’m learning everything. I’m training in everything – jiu-jitsu, wrestling, boxing – I think I’ve improved everything.”
Barboza credited Edgar, the former UFC lightweight champion, for much of his improvement, saying, “He’s the champ, he’s been the champ for a long time, that’s a big difference. Now I know I have good training partners and good coaches.”
“I train with him every day,” said Barboza, of Edgar. “Every day he picks me up at my house for training. Training in the morning, training in the afternoon, training at night; helping me with everything.”
The Brazilian is also learning from the likes of Mark Henry, Ricardo Almeida and Renzo Gracie while training in the U.S.