UFC star Edson Barboza says he deserved the W in that controversial loss to Dan Ige … and now he’s gonna get another shot to prove it — ’cause Ige tells TMZ Sports he’s down to run it back!!!
Of course, Ige (14-2) and Barboza (20-9) had an epic featherweight bout at Fight Night 176 last weekend … with Fifty K coming away with the decision after 3 rounds.
Barboza has been adamant he believes he won the fight — and claims Dana White even admitted his hand shoulda been raised.
We spoke with Ige — who took the fight on short notice — about Barboza’s comments … and he says Junior needs to check his facts and watch the fight again … ’cause there’s NO WAY he won.
“I just feel kinda bad for him,” Ige says. “The guy’s a legend, the guy’s been around. He’s been in the top 10, top 5 of the world for the past 10 years.”
Ige says despite all Edson’s talk, he still hasn’t called for a rematch … but tells us he’ll grant Barboza one if he wants.
“I understand how bad he wants to win, but you know what … the guy, for how much he’s saying he won the fight, not one person from his team has asked for a rematch.”
“I’ll give him a rematch. I beat him on 2 weeks notice, give me 8 weeks and see what I can do to him.”
We asked Ige to break down why exactly he’s so confident he won the first time … and you’ll have to hear his blow-by-blow.