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Edson Barboza credits Frankie Edgar's team with transformation

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01:12 AM ET 06.29 | Edson Barboza rebounded after his first career loss with a stoppage win over Lucas Martins at UFC on FX 7. But that doesn't mean Barboza was done changing. He left his gym in Florida and is now with former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in New Jersey. To hear Barboza tell it, that was the best thing that ever happened to him. "The first day I trained with these guys over here, I felt like I was at home," Barboza said. "The whole team welcomed me in. The first day I boxed with coach Mark Henry, it was like I had met him 15 years ago. Ricardo Almeida and Renzo Gracie are such nice guys. Frankie Edgar is a great person. Everyone here helps each other..."Things were so great, I brought my partner Marlon Moraes to train here with us. Then I brought my muay Thai master Anderson Franca from Brazil. I think it all fit really well because they brought to my camp the piece that I was missing, but on the other hand I brought them the piece that they were missing in their camp. We all are like family now, and I am very blessed to be part of this." Barboza returns to action on July 6th at UFC 162 when he squares off with Rafaello Oliveira. "I have been training with Frankie Edgar's team since his last fight against Benson Henderson. Since then, I couldn't leave this group. They all are great people and partners. I'm blessed to be part of this."

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, Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
 
June 29, 2013  07:51 AM ET

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