Bryan Barberena
Medically suspended after TKO loss
February 20, 2019
Barbarena has been suspended 180 days pending medical clearance by the Arizona State Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission, reports.
Barberena absorbed a total of 163 significant strikes in Sunday's all-out war with Vicente Luque, with a whopping 132 of them landing to his head. He was finished late due to multiple knees to the head and body, but not before "Bam Bam" put his elite toughness on display for fight fans watching on ESPN. Due to the knockout, he'll be sidelined until cleared by a physician to resume fighting, which likely means at least a few months on the shelf.
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Turns out to be human after all
February 17, 2019
Barberena lost to Vicente Luque via TKO (strikes) at 4:54 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.
This was a vintage Barberena fight, and he nearly pulled it off. Luque got loose early in the first round and landed some very hard power strikes. Barberena walked through the shots and started landing his own. Towards the end of the round, Barberena escaped a pair of submission attempts and went to work from the top position. In the second round, Barberena began leading in the fight and starting really landing hard strikes against Luque. He was continuing again in the third round. However, with less than a minute left, Luque unleashed a clinch knee and sent Barberena down. He was finished, but the crowd gave him a standing ovation for the effort. He'll also get a well-deserved $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Facing Luque in Phoenix
January 9, 2019
Barberena (14-5-0) is scheduled to fight Vicente Lugue (14-6-1) at UFC Phoenix on Feb. 17, freelance MMA journalist Farah Hannoun reports.
The two fighters were initially booked for the Feb. 2 card at UFC Fortaleza, but the promotion ended up pushing the matchup back two weeks. Barberena turned in a technical knockout win over Jake Ellenberger in his last fight Aug. 25, but had lost in unanimous decisions in two of his three matches before that. He'll look to bring him record to 15-5-0 against the red-hot Luque, who has won seven of his last eight bouts.
Starches Jake Ellenberger in Round 1 in Lincoln
August 25, 2018
Barberena defeated Jake Ellenberger via TKO (punches) at 2:26 of Round 1 at UFC Lincoln on Saturday.
Barberena got caught by a punch early but was never hurt. He then clipped "The Juggernaut" and fought off a takedown attempt. One Ellenberger returned to his feet Barberena dropped him with another punch and then followed up with punches until the referee stopped the fight.
No longer fighting on Utica card
May 28, 2018
Barberena will no longer face Jake Ellenberger at UFC Utica on June 1, as an undisclosed injury has forced his withdrawal, 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.
Draws Jake Ellenberger in Utica
March 21, 2018
Barberena will face Jake Ellenberger in a welterweight matchup at UFC Utica on June 1, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Barberena 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.