Pros react to Edson Barboza’s incredible flying knee KO of Beneil Dariush

March 12, 2017 10:02 am by Tom Taylor
Edson Barboza

Last night, the UFC touched down in sunny Fortaleza, Brazil, with UFC Fight Night 106. This card was an extremely stacked one as far as Fight Nights go. In the evening’s middleweight main event, we saw former welterweight contender Kelvin Gastelum maul former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort to a first-round TKO win. In the co-main event, meanwhile, we saw Pride legend Mauricio “Shogun” Rua score a vintage win by clobbering Gian Villante to a third-round TKO. Other highlights of the main card included a nice submission win from Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira, and close battles between Bethe Correia and Marion Reneau, and Ray Borg and Jussier “Formiga” Da Silva. In terms of pure spectacle, however, no fight on the card delivered quite like Edson Barboza’s flying knee knockout of Beneil Dariush.

Despite this emphatic win, Barboza was actually having difficultly in the early portions of the fight, as he gave up the first round, unable to land his patented offense in the face of Dariush’s ceaseless pressure. Ultimately, however, he found his opening, unleashing the jump knee as Dariush shot in on a telegraphed takedown. And just like that, it was lights out.

Unsurprisingly, this latest addition to Barboza’s highlight reel generated plenty of interesting reactions from the MMA community. Without further ado, here are some of the best of those reactions!

With this crushing defeat of Dariush, Barboza moves onto a three-fight win streak as he has defeated former UFC champ Anthony Pettis and former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez in his next most recent bouts. Now 19-4 overall, he quickly began calling for a rematch with Tony Ferguson in the wake of this latest win.

What did you think of Edson Barboza’s knockout of Beneil Dariush? Do you want to see him fight Tony Ferguson next? Sound off, PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on on 3/12/2017.


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