Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we may have another Fight of the Year in the making on our hands.
Edson Barboza has received a call-out from one of the lightweight division’s most hotly-tipped prospects.
The 31-year-old has spent his last few years in the top flight establishing himself as one of MMA’s most dangerous opponents. A proven finisher, his recent run has seen him rack up three wins on the trot since losing his thrilling showdown against top contender Tony Ferguson back in late 2015.
He might not win every single fight he takes part in but Edson is a true frontrunner for the title of most lethal kicker in MMA today. The way he fires off shots with either leg can be genuinely terrifying and his truly masterful displays of kicking inside the octagon have seen him win a record two fights in the UFC by way of leg-kick KO and against Terry Etim, became the first man to score a wheel-kick knockout on the world’s biggest stage.
Another man who is slowly beginning his assault on the 155lb ladder is the Russian powerhouse, Mairbek Taisumov, who managed to score his fifth straight finish with one of the most brutal knockouts you will ever see against Felipe Silva and now looks primed to make a push at the title. Although Barboza has seen many people literally avoid fighting him due to his ridiculous kicking ability, Taisumov seemed to have no worries about calling him out for a contest in the near future.
Taisumov took to his official Twitter page and called out the fearsome Brazilian in hopes of getting himself a dance-partner and, in fairness, who better to welcome him into the top ten than one of the most electric fighters to ever do it.
Tired of talking but the fans asked for this fight, I’m ready anytime! Are you ready @EdsonBarbozaJR? #Taisumov#Berkut#UFC @ufc@UFCEurope pic.twitter.com/waSxl0XR5M
— Mairbek Taisumov (@Taisumov155) October 3, 2017
This is without a doubt one of the best contests available to the UFC right now, and if the powers that be are smart, they’ll set it up and introduce Mairbek Taisumov to the larger audience that he no doubt deserves.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena