So now we know the secret of Edson Barboza's success! It's Raffy Marascio, the nine year old MMA phenom. Raffy spent the weekend at The Armory, which is one of MMA's top camps and home to Edson and other top UFC fighters. Raffy rolled and sparred with Barboza, and a great time was had by all.
Joe Mullings, owner of The Armory and Edson's manager, made this meeting possible. Joe is doing a great job guiding Barboza's career and even he is impressed by Raffy's skill sets.
The following video of Raffy and Edson in action was shot and edited by Raffy's Dad Matthew, who is doing an outstanding job of giving Raffy all the tools he needs to succeed in the sport he loves. You can check it out after the jump. Also be sure to take a look at Raffy's website: RaphaelMarascio.com, where you can see a ton of pics of Raffy with some of the biggest names in MMA. Everyone from Dana White to Fedor Emelianenko is a fan of this kid, and once you see a few of his videos, you'll be a fan too. Here's the vid with Edson and some pics of the two throwing down.