Josh Emmett vs. Edson Barboza Targeted for UFC Oklahoma City

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Edson Barboza Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Just days ago, Edson Barboza made an impassioned plea for Dana White and co. to release him from the UFC’s service. Instead, the Brazilian is being booked into a bout with Josh Emmett, expected to take place at UFC Oklahoma City.

“I’m very thankful for these almost 10 years that I have been working for the company!” Barboza wrote on social media back on March 7. “I gave my best every single fight to put on a show for the fans, but I think it’s time to move on. I don’t have more time to wait. Please let me go.”

He tagged both UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby in the post. However, rather than let Barboza go, Combate reports that they’re putting him up against Emmett.

Barboza (20-8), 34 years old, is 1-4 in his last five UFC bouts — all of which have come in the lightweight division. He’ll drop to featherweight against Emmett, however, in the hopes of snapping a two-fight losing streak.

Emmett (13-2) won both his fights in 2019 after returning from a hellacious knockout loss at the hands of Jeremy Stephens suffered a year earlier. Since his return, he’s stopped both Michael Johnson and Mirsad Bektic.

UFC Oklahoma City takes place May 2, 2020 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The card currently features the following bouts:

Jack Hermansson vs. Chris Weidman
Cláudia Gadelha vs. Marina Rodriguez
Andrei Arlovski vs. Philipe Lins
Ed Herman vs. Da Un Jung
Sarah Alpar vs. Vanessa Melo
Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
Ryan Hall vs. Ricardo Lamas
Devin Clark vs. Alonzo Menifield
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Drew Dober
Edson Barboza vs. Josh Emmett

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