We like to feature up and coming talent here at thegarv.com and our record of spotting rising stars before they are stars is very good.  We featured Jon Jones, the Miller Brothers and many more big name fighters before they hit the UFC.  Now there's another fighter we have our eye on, and he's been tearing through his opponents.   He's 6-0, all finishes, five KOs and a sub.  Only one opponent has made it into the second round.

Edson Mendes Barboza aka "Junior" moved to the United States in January of 2009. He moved to Jupiter Florida to join The Armory fight team. The Armory has been home to UFC fighters Kurt Pellegrino, Hermes Franca, and Matt Wiman. Junior is 23 years old and was born in raised in Nova Friburgo / Rio de Janeiro. His professional Muay Thai record in Brazil was 28 fights with 25 victories of which 22 were by KO and 17 of them ended in the first round. He has a Black Belt in Muay Thai from Anderson Franca.

Check out this fight from Ring of Combat XXX back on June 11.  Barboza is scary.


Junior holds a number of major Muay Thai titles in Brazil. Listed below:
Known Professionally as:"The Nova Friburgo Phenomenon"

GP Demolition Fight Champion - Brazil's biggest event (São Paulo): 3 fights: 3 victories, 2 coming by KO .. Three time state champion (Rio de Janeiro)
> . Brazilian Champion
> . Brazilian Circuit Champion
> . Campos Open Champion (Campos)
> . Submission Wrestling Champion(São João da Barra)
> . Torneio Castelo das Pedras Champion (Rio de Janeiro)
> . Two time Copa Ciam Champion (Rio de Janeiro)
> . Niteroense Champion
> . Cabo Fight Champion (Cabo Frio)
> . Conquista Fight Champion (Bahia)
> . Two time Demolition Fight Champion (São Paulo)
> . Copa Thai Boxing de Muay Thai Champion. (Niterói)
> . Festival de Muay Thai Champion (Rio de Janeiro)
> . Runner up in GP La Gara (São Paulo): 4 fight: 3 victories 2 by KO.
. Mountain Champion: first round KO




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