Edson Barboza is no stranger to a highlight-reel finish, but the knockout he scored at UFC 262 was crazy even for him.
The Brazilian defeated Shane Burgos with a bizarre knockout in the third round that even the commentary team found tough to explain.
While the men were trading punches, Barboza managed to land a cracking right hand on Burgos’ temple.
While the fighter appeared to eat the shot initially, clearly the power was too much and after a few seconds standing up, his feet gave way on him and he was sent crashing backwards into the cage.
Check out the video below for one of the weirdest UFC finishes ever:
“I’m very happy,” Barboza said about the win. “Look at me, I think that’s the Fight of the Night. 3-0 at featherweight. I definitely feel more healthy. Guys in featherweight, I’m coming for all you guys.”
Barboza has spent the majority of his UFC career at lightweight but since moving down 10lbs to featherweight he has collected two wins in a row.
Burgos’ delayed reaction to the right cross made for one of the more unusual knockouts in UFC but when you watch the replay and see how hard he was caught, it’s hardly surprising. He tried, at least.
Barboza has been in the octagon with names like Justin Gaethje, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, but he came up short on all occasions.
Could featherweight be the division where the 35 year old can finally win the big ones? If UFC 262 was any indication, he looks very impressive at 145lbs.
Elsewhere at UFC 262, former Barboza foe Ferguson was dominated by Beneil Dariush in the co-main event and Charles Oliveira overcame a rough start against Michael Chandler to knockout the former Bellator lightweight champion and win the 155lb title in UFC.
It took Oliveira 10 years to reach the summit in UFC. Barboza has been with the company for 11; could he follow in his compatriots’ footsteps and cap off a long journey with some gold?