The next time we see Enrique Barzola inside the octagon, it will be as a bantamweight. At least, that’s “El Fuerte’s” hope.
The 30-year-old Peruvian bounced back into the win column with a split-decision victory over American Bobby Moffett at UFC on ESPN+ 14 in Montevideo, Uruguay. After the fight, Barzola (16-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) told reporters he felt wiser for the experience.
“I felt a more experienced fighter after this fight,” he said. “My opponent changed his strategy, the fight got different, and as a fighter, it was tough.”
The victory saw Barzola return to winning ways after his decision loss to Kevin Aguilar at UFC on ESPN 2 in March. But despite rebounding from his recent loss at featherweight, Barzola announced after the fight that the time was right for him to make the drop down to 135 pounds and ply his trade at bantamweight for the foreseeable future.
“My coach always tells me that I should not stop training, and I know that I can drop to bantamweight,” he said. “It is easy for me to cut to 145 pounds, and I think I will fight at 135 in my next fight. I will work on a good plan with my team, and we will start to focus on that.”
With the UFC’s 135-pound weight class packed with exciting, world-class talent, Barzola certainly will have no problem finding exciting fights. And the Peruvian will also be hoping to find more success at a lighter weight as he bids to secure his first finish in the UFC to kickstart his journey up the bantamweight ladder.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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