Enrique Barzola Calls Out Former UFC Champion


UFC Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 winner Enrique Barzola hasn’t competed since a decision win over Chris Avila at UFC Fight Night 98.

Victory aside, Barzola believes bigger things are ahead of him in the UFC.

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“I’d like to fight Renan Barao because it’d be a very big step for my career, so I hope the UFC considers me for that fight,” Barzola told MMA Fighting. “I know it’s a hard fight, but I know I have all the strength and capability to beat him. I’m confident in my talent, I’m confident in my training, my coaches, and my team, so I’m sure that I would give him a good battle, and that it would be a good victory for me. I know Renan Barao used to fight at bantamweight, but now he fights at featherweight, so why wouldn’t I want to fight and beat a former champion of the UFC’s bantamweight division? I know that that would be good for my career, beat a former champion, and I think that would help me advance very quickly to the top of the division.”

No matter who Barzola fights next, he has a date in mind for that next bout.

“I’m in my best moment, I’m young, I’m 27 years old, I’m at the age where I’m both physically and mentally strong as a fighter and as a person,” Barzola said. “Right now, I’ve been resting since my last fight in Mexico, but I’ve been preparing a lot, strengthening many areas that I needed to improve like my Muay Thai, my boxing. I’ve improved a lot. I feel prepared because I’m always training to improve, and to this date, I haven’t stopped improving. I’m getting very technical and I’m strong. Like I said, I’m at my best moment right now, I’m young, and I have a lot of strength, and I’m hungry to improve as a fighter. I don’t want time to pass, get to 30, and not have fought against the top. I want to fight against the best fighters right now, no matter who it is against.”

Barzola holds a record of 2-1-0 in the UFC (12-3-1 overall), with those two wins coming over Horacio Gutierrez and Chris Avila.

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