May 3, 1989|
Montclair, California, United States
|Other names||Bam Bam|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
Middleweight (170–185 Ib)|
Welterweight (155–170 Ib)
Lightweight (145–155 Ib)
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Rank||Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Crouch|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Bryan Barberena (born May 3, 1989) is an American mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Welterweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2009, he has also competed for King of the Cage.
Mixed martial arts career
Barberena begin his professional mixed martial arts career in late 2009. Over the next five years he trained primarily at the MMA Lab in Arizona and amassed a record of 9 wins against only 2 losses for promotions such as Dakota Fighting Championships and King of the Cage; all but one of his wins came before the final bell.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In his third fight for the promotion, Barberena filled in as a short notice replacement for Andrew Holbrook against Sage Northcutt at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader. With the late change, the matchup was contested at welterweight. Despite being a heavy underdog, Barberena won the bout via choke in the second round.
In his fourth fight for the promotion, Barberena faced Warlley Alves at UFC 198. Once again a substantial underdog, Barberena won the fight by unanimous decision after withstanding the initial storm.
Championships and awards
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||13 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||13–5||Leon Edwards||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve||September 2, 2017||3||5:00||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||13–4||Joe Proctor||TKO (knees and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov||April 22, 2017||1||3:30||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||12–4||Colby Covington||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson||December 17, 2016||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||12–3||Warlley Alves||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 198||May 14, 2016||3||5:00||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||11–3||Sage Northcutt||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader||January 30, 2016||2||3:06||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Return to Welterweight.|
|Loss||10–3||Chad Laprise||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 186||April 25, 2015||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||10–2||Joe Ellenberger||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic||December 13, 2014||3||3:24||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Lightweight debut.|
|Win||9–2||Eric Moon||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Radar Lock||February 22, 2014||1||4:07||Scottsdale, Arizona, United States|
|Win||8–2||Damien Hill||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Dakota FC 17: Winter Brawl 2014||January 11, 2014||3||2:17||Fargo, North Dakota, United States||Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.|
|Win||7–2||Marcos Marquez||TKO (punches)||Dakota FC 16: Fall Brawl 2013||August 23, 2013||3||3:43||Fargo, North Dakota, United States||Welterweight debut.|
|Win||6–2||Dane Sayers||Decision (unanimous)||Dakota FC 13: Coming Home||October 13, 2012||5||5:00||Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||5–2||Vernon Harrison||TKO (punches)||Crowbar MMA: Rumble at the Fair||June 25, 2011||2||4:00||Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||4–2||Garrett Olson||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Mainstream||October 29, 2010||2||4:24||Morton, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||3–2||Tyler Klejeski||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Fighting Xtreme||May 15, 2010||3||5:00||Red Lake, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||3–1||David Barnett||KO (punches)||KOTC: Uppercut||March 13, 2010||1||2:25||Laughlin, Nevada United States|
|Loss||2–1||Derek Smith||Submission (armbar)||KOTC: Offensive Strategy||February 6, 2010||3||2:55||Walker, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||2–0||Dave Alvarez||TKO (punches)||The Cage Inc.: Battle at the Border 3||December 19, 2009||2||1:41||Hankinson, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||1–0||Dirk Thiedeman||KO (punches)||Dakota FC 12||October 10, 2009||1||2:20||Fargo, North Dakota, United States|
Amateur mixed martial arts record
|Win||1–0||Brandon Rossbach||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Turmoil||September 5, 2009||3||3:00||Walker, Minnesota, United States|
- "Bryan Barberena - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
- Simon, Zane. "News Welcome to the UFC Dwyer, O'Reilly, Holohan, and Barberena". Bloodyelbow.com. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- Ben Fowlkes (2014-12-13). "UFC on FOX 13 results: Bryan Barberena batters, breaks Joe Ellenberger". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
- Ben Fowlkes (April 25, 2015). "UFC 186 results: Chad Laprise outstrikes, outworks Bryan Barberena for decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- Matt Erickson (2015-04-26). "UFC 186 bonuses: Yeah, duh – Demetrious Johnson got $50,000 for that craziness". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- "Andrew Holbrook out, Bryan Barberena meets Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 18". mmajunkie.com. 2016-01-22.
- "Sage Northcutt gets new opponent & weight class at UFC on FOX 18". mmafighting.com. 2016-01-22.
- Seamus Raftery (2016-02-02). "Rener Gracie explains why Sage Northcutt's tap wasn't so hasty". punditarena.com. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
- Steven Marrocco (2016-01-30). "UFC on FOX 18 results: Bryan Barberena slows Sage Northcutt hype with submission win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
- Brent Brookhouse (2016-05-14). "UFC 198 results: Bryan Barberena edges Warlley Alves by decision in grueling battle". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-05-14.
- Staff (2016-10-17). "Bryan Barberena and Colby Covington set to meet at December's UFC on FOX 22". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
- Brent Brookhouse (2016-12-17). "UFC on FOX 22 results: Colby Covington smothers Bryan Barberena to take decision win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
- Staff (2017-03-03). "Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Proctor set for UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
- Ben Fowlkes (2017-04-22). "UFC Fight Night 108 results: Bryan Barberena draws Joe Proctor into brawl, wins by TKO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
- Jordan Breen (2017-07-03). "Bryan Barberena-Leon Edwards welterweight tilt joins Sept. 2 UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
- "UFC-Rotterdam results: Leon Edwards survives knockdown, works to decision over Bryan Barberena". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
- Alexander K. Lee (2018-03-20). "Jake Ellenberger meets Bryan Barberena at UFC Utica". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
- "Bryan Barberena injured; new UFC Fight Night 131 opponent sought for Jake Ellenberger". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-03-24.