UFC Fight Night results: Edson Barboza drops opponent with brutal flying knee

Lightweight Edson Barboza’s reputation for highlight-reel knockouts just got larger.

Barboza (19-4) got off to a slow start in the face of Beneil Dariush’s constant pressure before landing the perfect strike to finish matters in Round 2 at UFC Fight Night in Fortaleza, Brazil.

After Dariush (14-3), a southpaw, floated a jab and stepped forward to set up a left cross, Barboza used his athleticism to instantly fill the space in front of him and connect with a devastating flying knee to the face. Referee Osiris Maia instantly leaped in to wave off the fight at three minutes, 35 seconds.

“The first round was a little bit difficult for me but I came back in the second,” Barboza said. “I knew that he was going to put his head down and it was just up to me and my timing.”

Barboza, 31, began to chip away at Dariush’s volume attack in Round 2 by catching him with kicks to the body. Eventually, the Brazilian began to pick up his rhythm.

“I knew that every time he jabbed he took a step forward so I don’t know if he was trying to take me down or what but I knew that he was going to be there,” Barboza said.

Known for his athletic and creative strikes, Barboza’s wheel-kick knockout of Terry Etim in 2012 is considered one of the most spectacular in UFC history. The victory over Dariush marked the 11th knockout in 19 career wins for Barboza, who also won his third straight following decision wins over Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez.

“I think I’m ready for the belt,” Barboza said. “I’m coming off three wins and I’ve been on this train for a long time.”

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