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Edson Barboza will confront Shane Burgos in a UFC 262 featherweight showcase between two like-minded offensive dynamos this Saturday at the Toyota Center in Houston. Barboza, who has compiled a 15-9 record in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, seeks back-to-back victories for the first time in more than four years. He last competed at UFC Fight Night 179, where he laid claim to a unanimous decision over Makwan Amirkhani on Oct. 10. Burgos, meanwhile, has rattled off three wins across his past four outings. The Team Tiger Schulmann export finds himself on the rebound following a unanimous decision defeat to Josh Emmett at UFC on ESPN 11 in June.
As Barboza and Burgos approach their three-round battle in Space City, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
35: Years of age for Barboza, who was born on Jan. 21, 1986 in Nova Friburgo, Brazil—more than 6,200 miles from Ultimate Fighting Championship headquarters.
13: Knockdowns landed by Barboza in UFC competition, tying him with Melvin Guillard, Thiago Alves, Anthony Johnson, Conor McGregor and Thiago Santos for eighth on the promotion’s all-time list. Only Donald Cerrone (20), Anderson Silva (18), Jeremy Stephens (18), Chuck Liddell (14), Lyoto Machida (14), Mauricio Rua (14) and Junior dos Santos (14) have more.
12: Barboza victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 57% of his career total (21). His list of victims includes Dan Hooker, Beneil Dariush, Evan Dunham and Terry Etim. Barboza owns one other victory by submission and eight more by decision.
7: First-round finishes on the Barboza resume. The quickest of them took place in just his fourth professional appearance: a 69-second knockout of Nabih Barakat at Ring of Combat 28 in 2010.
.748: Cumulative winning percentage between the nine men—Cerrone, Dan Ige, Paul Felder, Justin Gaethje, Kevin Lee, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, Michael Johnson and Jamie Varner—who have beaten Barboza. They sport a combined record of 202-67-1.
30: Years of age for Burgos, who was born in Bronx, New York, on March 19, 1991. “The Silence of the Lambs,” “New Jack City,” “Sleeping with the Enemy,” “Class Action” and “The Hard Way” were the Top 5 movies at the domestic box office at the time.
7.31: Strikes landed per minute by Burgos in the UFC, placing him fourth on the organization’s all-time list in the category. Only Daniel Rodriguez (8.05), Leslie Smith (7.56) and the aforementioned Gaethje (7.46) rank ahead of him.
5: Burgos wins by submission, accounting for 38% of his career total (13). His methods of choice: three rear-naked chokes, one guillotine choke and one armbar. Burgos owns five other wins by knockout or technical knockout and three more by decision.
4: Fights in which Burgos has connected on at least 100 significant strikes. He landed a career-high 134 of them in a split decision over Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 151 on May 4, 2019.
150,000: Dollars in post-fight bonuses banked by Burgos since he joined the UFC roster in 2016. He has been awarded “Fight of the Night” honors on three different occasions.
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