Bryan Barberena

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Taking on Lawler at UFC 276
May 3, 2022
Barberena will square off against Robbie Lawler on the UFC 2756 on July 2, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Barberena collected his second straight win in a bout versus Matt Brown on March 26 via split decision and takes on Lawler in his return to the Octagon for the first time since Sept. of 2021. Barberena stands an inch taller than Lawler but does yield two inches of reach to his opponent.
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Silences road crowd
March 26, 2022
Barberena defeated Matt Brown via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
It was a true road game for Barberena, going up against the Ohio native in Brown, but Bryan figured it out and did so after a lousy start. Both Barberena and Brown employ similar styles in the sense that they are both ridiculously aggressive on the feet and are willing to eat a strike in order to land two of their own. That style rarely works when tasked with facing better competition, but it makes for quite a show when facing an identical opponent. Barberena finished with a flurry and and may have very well had a stoppage if there were just a handful of additional seconds left on the clock, and it's fair to wonder if the strong finish swayed the opinion of two of the three judges. The 32-year-old Minnesota native has won three of four dating back to September 2020. He'll also take home a $50,000 post-fight bonus after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Matched with Matt Brown again
January 6, 2022
Barberena will take on Matt Brown in Columbus on March 26, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
A fight between Barberena and Brown was originally scheduled for Dec. 4 in Las Vegas, but Brown had to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19. Barberena wound up facing Darian Weeks on that card instead, beating him by unanimous decision. He'll be looking to secure back-to-back wins in March, something he hasn't done since 2016.
Outlasts newcomer in Vegas
December 6, 2021
Barberena defeated Darian Weeks via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Vegas 44 on Saturday.
Originally scheduled for a date with UFC veteran Matt Brown, Barberena deserves credit for accepting a short-notice fight against an arguably tougher and lesser-known replacement. Weeks gave Barberena all that he could handle, taking him down four times and even finishing with the edge in total significant strikes landed. Barberena didn't allow Weeks to do much with his takedowns, however, and put an exclamation point on the fight by landing 55 significant strikes compared to Weeks' 43 in the final frame. The always-durable Barberena is back in the win column, but his stand-up defense remains a slight cause for concern moving forward.
Facing Darian Weeks
November 30, 2021
Barberena will take on Darian Weeks on Dec. 4 in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Barberena had previously been set to face Matt Brown on the same date but looked like he'd be unable to fight that day after Brown was forced to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test. He'll wind up remaining on the card, with UFC debutant Weeks stepping in as his opponent on short notice.
Opponent withdraws
November 23, 2021
Barberena will no longer be fighting at next week's UFC event after his opponent, Matt Brown, revealed Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19.
Barberena was expected to step into the octagon for the first time since late July as he looked to bounce back from a loss against Jason Witt. The UFC has yet to comment on the cancellation, so it's currently unknown if Barberena will remain on the card against a new fighter or not.