UFC athletes are no longer allowed to place bets on UFC bouts, but Edson Barboza is open to wagering on Alexander Volkanovski’s chances at UFC 294. He believes that Volkanovski has a good opportunity to defeat lightweight champion Islam Makhachev in their upcoming fight.
Barboza, who will be headlining the UFC Vegas 81 event against Sodiq Yusuff in Las Vegas, previously fought Khabib Nurmagomedov, a teammate and mentor of Makhachev, before moving to the featherweight division. He understands the challenges of facing Dagestani wrestling but sees a path to victory for Volkanovski.
Barboza acknowledges that taking a fight on just 10 days’ notice is much harder, but he believes it can make Volkanovski more dangerous, especially early in the fight. He notes that Volkanovski previously had a close fight with Makhachev and later defended his title at featherweight with a stoppage of Yair Rodriguez.
While Barboza admits that, as an athlete, he would bet on Makhachev, he believes that Volkanovski has all the chances to beat Makhachev. Volkanovski has been asking for a rematch since their last fight, indicating his strong desire to face Makhachev again.
Barboza is aware that MMA fights are unpredictable, but he feels prepared to face Yusuff and is ready to compete wherever the fight may go. Barboza has previously headlined UFC events but has faced tough competition, and he is determined to put on a strong performance in his upcoming fight.