29-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 13-5-0
May 28, 2018 Bryan Barberena News
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Barberena will no longer face Jake Ellenberger at UFC Utica on June 1, as an undisclosed injury has forced his withdrawal, MMAFighting.com reports.
Barberena will miss out on an opportunity to pad his resume against a declining UFC veteran, with the exact reason being uncertain at this time. "Bam Bam" may be just 3-2 in his last five fights with the company, but both of those losses were against highly-respectable and red-hot fighters in Colby Covington and Leon Edwards. Covington is now on the verge of a title shot, while Edwards may just be a few wins away himself.
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Fantasy AnalysisBarberena has lost two of his last three fights, but has yet to be finished during his tenure under the UFC banner. He'll draw a fellow veteran in Ellenberger, who will be competing in his 20th UFC matchup. In a deep 170-pound division, the winner here should get a chance to crack the back end of UFC's rankings.
Fantasy AnalysisBarberena has been known to score an upset in his career. He had his chance in this fight. In the second round, he dropped Edwards and tried to finish, but Edwards survived and came back to win the third round. Barberena relies on his toughness and staying power to win fights, but that can only take him so far. He falls to 13-5 as a professional and 4-3 in the UFC.
Fantasy AnalysisBarberena maintains a 13-4 record (4-2 UFC) with nine KO/TKOs. He lands 5.31 significant strikes on average while absorbing 4.13. While his stand-up game is strong, his skills on the mat are inconsistent. He landed a win against a young and inexperienced Sage Northcutt with an arm triangle in January 2016, but struggled against the takedown pressure of heralded wrestler Colby Covington in December (unanimous decision). He has a takedown defense of 46 percent that Edwards will try to exploit, though keep in mind the main reason for that unimpressive mark is the Covington fight, where he was taken down 12 times.
Fantasy AnalysisBarberena and Proctor traded punches to start, but the fight turned when the two began gesturing at each other to bring the leather. Barberena used the opportunity to land a beautiful left hook before finishing his opponent off with knees and punches on the ground. Barberena was grappled to death by Colby Covington in December, but he remains a fighter who has the ability to turn the lights off on the feet. The 27-year-old moves to 13-4 in professional MMA with the impressive victory.
Fantasy AnalysisBarberena was on top of the world following back-to-back upset of Sage Northcutt and Warlley Alves early this year, but it all came crashing down on Saturday. The strikes that Barberena was able to land did virtually no damage to Covington and in general, it's difficult to win a fight when you allow your opponent to land 12 takedowns!!! Barberena's UFC run has gone better than most would have originally anticipated, but he isn't a special talent. We have likely already seen the best that he has to offer.
Fantasy AnalysisBarberena is coming off an impressive unanimous decision victory over Warlley Alves at UFC 198. Although Covington boasts a record of 10-1 and poses a serious threat, Covington's single loss actually came against Barberena's most recent victim, Alves, back at UFC 194.
Fantasy AnalysisMake it back-to-back wins for Barberena in fights in which he entered as a massive underdog. Bam Bam followed up his shocking win over Sage Northcutt with an equally impressive performance. Fighting in enemy territory, Barberena overcame a slow start to earn the unanimous decision win. Barberena isn't a very technical fighter, but he has a good chin, he has enough power to get by and most importantly, he seems to get better as his fights go on. Quickly earning a reputation as a "prospect killer", Barberena has suddenly thrust himself into meaningful fights in the UFC's welterweight division. It's hard to believe considering where he was just a year ago.
Fantasy AnalysisBarberena looked like a middling prospect after his first two UFC bouts (a win over Joe Ellenberger and a loss to Chad Laprise), but he was given a huge opportunity in the form of a fight against Sage Northcutt in January and he took full advantage. The second-round submission win has put Bam Bam in position to have meaningful fights in the UFC’s 170-pound division. Alves is another extremely difficult opponent, so no one can ever accuse Barberena of not accepting difficult fights. The odds of Bam Bam pulling off back-to-back huge upsets are slim, but he showed in the Northcutt fight that he has the skills to get the job done.
Fantasy AnalysisTaking this fight on roughly a week's notice, Barberena pulled off an upset that few people expected. He struggled with the explosiveness of Northcutt in the first round, but he was able to keep the rookie planted on his back throughout the second stanza and earned the stoppage when Sage tapped to an arm triangle that didn't appear to be completely sunk in. Either way, Barberena deserves a ton of credit. The MMA Lab product is now 2-1 in his first three UFC bouts.
Fantasy Analysis"Bam Bam" took Saturday's fight against Northcutt on short notice, bringing a 1-1 promotional record to the octagon. Barberena fights out of an established camp (MMA Lab), and notched a win over Joe Ellenberger at UFC on Fox 13, but will otherwise look to avoid becoming the latest victim of his 19-year-old opponent.
Fantasy AnalysisNorthcutt, 19, is currently undefeated at 7-0 in his short career. Barberena was needed to fill in after Andrew Holbrook had to pull out of the fight for undisclosed reasons. At 10-3, Barberena is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Chad Laprise in UFC 186 last April.