Pros react to Dan Ige defeating Edson Barboza at UFC on ESPN 8

Dan Ige
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Former lightweight contender Edson Barboza made his featherweight debut against Hawaiian standout Dan Ige at tonight’s UFC on ESPN 8.

Barboza (20-8 MMA) entered tonight’s contest looking to rebound, this after suffering back-to-back losses to Paul Felder and Justin Gaethje respectively. The Brazilian’s most previous win had come back in December of 2018 when he TKO’d Dan Hooker.

Meanwhile, Dan Ige (13-2 MMA) entered UFC on ESPN 8 on a five-fight win streak, his latest being a hard fought split-decision victory over Mirsad Bektic at UFC 247 in February.

Tonight’s highly anticipated featherweight bout lived up to the billing as Ige and Barboza proceeded to go to war for the few folks in attendance and thousands watching at home. Dan Ige found early success in round one before Barboza dropped the Hawiian with a punch. After landing some ground and pound, the Brazilian opted to take the fight back to the feet and shortly after we headed to round two.

Edson Barboza

In the second round Ige was able to land a solid early combination that had Barboza in trouble. The Rio de Janeiro product would recover and battle back to make the second frame a very competitive five minutes.

In round three the stiff competition continued. Barboza found early success on his feet, but Dan Ige took the fight to the floor and did some solid work before the horn sounded to end round three.

Official UFC on ESPN 8 Result: Dan Ige def. Edson Barboza via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)

Check out how the pros reacted to Ige defeating Barboza below:

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on May 16, 2020