Lightweight contender Edson Barboza hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since his brutal finish of Beneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 106.
Despite the brutal way in which he dispatches most opponents, the idea of injury said opponents doesn’t sit well with the fighter.
“My last fight, I caught him with the knee and the referee stopped the fight,” Barboza told MMA Junkie Radio. “And I went to the middle of the cage, kneeled and said, ‘Thank God.’ The first (thing), it’s automatic: I asked God, ‘I hope he gets better,’ because I know he went there to work, too. He’s not my enemy. Especially, like (Dariush), he’s a very nice guy, too. That’s one of the things – it hurts me a little bit. As funny as it is to say that, it’s hard to see somebody get hurt. I really don’t like it. It’s crazy, but I don’t like seeing my opponents hurt.”
Barboza has earned a total of thirteen victories under the UFC banner, with six of those wins coming by KO/TKO.
While the Brazilian doesn’t want to injure anyone he fights in the Octagon, the one thing he wants to do is have a better presence on social media.
“I’m not a big fan (of social media),” Barboza said. “I work on this, I try getting better, I try to post something. But I’m a shy guy. I don’t want to expose my life for everybody. I show at my social media the Edson Barboza fighter. I try. But it’s still hard for me, working with this. It’s still very hard. I think I’m getting better, but it’s still hard for me.”
The fighter's next bout has yet to be scheduled and he’s ranked #5 in the UFC Lightweight Division.