Barboza (22-10 MMA, 16-10 UFC), who is widely considered to be one of the most exciting fighters in the history of the octagon, fell to 0-3 in UFC headliners with a third-round TKO loss to Chikadze (14-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The definitive nature of the contest served as a difficult blow to Barboza’s championship aspirations at featherweight, where he’s looked strong since moving down four fights ago. At 35, making another run to the to top could be a difficult task for the Brazilian, but Barboza is one of the most positive athletes in the game and will surely give it his best effort.
So what should come next for Barboza? Watch the video above for thoughts and analysis of his future after UFC on ESPN 30.
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