This weekend in Abu Dhabi, the duo will compete together in the UFC for the first time, with Barboza facing Makwan Amirkhani in the co-main event, and Moraes taking on Cory Sandhagen in the headlining clash.

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“If you would have told me this a few years ago, I wouldn’t believe you; it was a dream,” Barboza said of having the opportunity to close out a fight card with Moraes. “We’ve known each other a long time. We used to train together, compete in small events in Brazil for no money, so to do this is amazing.”

But it’s about more than simply competing on the same show.

“I don’t have any family in the United States,” began Barboza, who makes his second start in the featherweight division this weekend. “He’s my family. He lives five minutes away. His kids play with my kids. My wife and his wife are very close.”

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