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UFC 272 results: Bryce Mitchell puts on suffocating performance to win lopsided decision over Edson Barboza – MMA Root



UFC 272 results: Bryce Mitchell puts on suffocating performance to win lopsided decision over Edson Barboza

Bryce Mitchell proved he’s a real fighter with his biggest win to date at UFC 272.

Taking on one of the most feared strikers in the entire roster, Edson Barboza, on Saturday night, Mitchell literally choked on his wrestling and grappling attacks, which landed the Brazilian for most of all three rounds. When it was all over, Mitchell won a lopsided decision with scores of 30-25, 30-26 and 30-27 as he remains undefeated in the UFC.

“I am a warrior of God,” Mitchell said. “I am not afraid of anyone. I live and breathe this shit.”

Knowing that Mitchell would be looking for an exchange of fights, Barbosa attempted to land kicks from the outside, constantly circling to avoid a takedown as the fight began. Mitchell quickly turned the tables in dramatic fashion after he advanced with a quick combination that hit Barbosa’s chin as the veteran featherweight fell to the canvas.

Once he was on the ground, Mitchell attempted to maintain control by hitting Barbosa with elbow strikes to the head and body.

Barbosa survived an early barrage and made it to the second round, but then he was back on the ground after Mitchell caught a kick and knocked him to the floor. Instead of advancing his position, Mitchell was comfortable just staying on Barbosa’s defense as he continued to fight back with ground and pound.

When Barbosa finally tried to break free, Mitchell took advantage by moving to midfield while also delivering a nasty cut to his opponent’s eye.

With five minutes left, Barbosa’s coaches begged him to use his arms rather than kicks to better defend against takedowns, but he still couldn’t avoid being outplayed by Mitchell. Time passed, Mitchell was simply suffocating upstairs, and Barbosa could not do anything from downstairs.

For a moment, it looked like Mitchell could finish, but Barbosa managed to survive until the final siren, but surviving was pretty much all he could do in three rounds.

After his latest victory, Mitchell thanked his native Arkansas and also promised to make a generous donation to help children in need in his home state.

“I’m going to show you all that I’m not just good at hurting people, I can help people,” Mitchell shouted. “Half of my fight purse, $45,000, goes to Arkansas kids with no hope. We will be their hope!”