After engaging in a war with Shane Burgos for the better part of 10 minutes, Barboza connected with a ferocious right hand that landed flush. Burgos seemed to absorb the shot, but then just a few seconds later, his eyes rolled back and he crashed face first to the canvas.
The fight was stopped immediately after Burgos hit the ground in one of the more bizarre finishes in recent memory. The stoppage came at 1:16 in the third round as Barboza picks up his second win in a row in the featherweight division.
“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.”
Well known for his leg kicks, Barboza was quick to attack Burgos with a brutal series of shots to the calf that immediately began paying dividends. In return, Burgos began firing a jab right down the middle that popped Barboza in the eye repeatedly, which left the Brazilian with a cut on the side of his face.
Burgos was also starting to attack to the body before then going back up top to the head but Barboza quickly countered with a huge spinning wheel kick and a counter hook that rattled the New York native.
As the fight continued, Burgos started to put the pressure on Barboza, which didn’t leave the prolific kicker with as much room to work. Still, Barboza continued to find a way to attack the lead leg but Burgos refused to back down while constantly coming back up top with a heavy lead jab.
With five minutes remaining, Burgos was more aggressive as he looked to secure the win but that also put him in Barboza’s firing range. As the fighters traded punches, Barboza blasted Burgos with the right hand that wobbled and eventually put him down on the canvas as the fight came to an end.
Barboza was a perennial contender in the lightweight division but after knocking off Burgos on Saturday night, he’s quickly climbing the ranks at 145 pounds as he surely seeks to eventually compete for UFC gold in his new home at featherweight.