Bryan Barberena

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Bryan Barberena
Born (1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 29)
Montclair, California, United States
Other names Bam Bam
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division 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
Team MMA Lab
Rank Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Crouch[1]
Years active 2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 13
By knockout 9
By submission 2
By decision 2
Losses 5
By submission 1
By decision 4
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.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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[edit]

Barberena made his UFC debut in December 2014 when he faced Joe Ellenberger on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13. He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[3]

In his second fight for the promotion, Barberena faced Chad Laprise at UFC 186. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[4] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[5]

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.[6] With the late change, the matchup was contested at welterweight.[7] Despite being a heavy underdog, Barberena won the bout via choke[8] in the second round.[9]

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.[10]

Barberena next faced Colby Covington on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22.[11] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[12]

Barberena next faced Joe Proctor on April 23, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov.[13] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[14]

Barberena faced Leon Edwards on September 2, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 115.[15] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[16]

Barberena was expected to face Jake Ellenberger on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 131.[17] However, on March 23, 2018, Barberena pulled out due to injury.[18]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Brandon Rossbach Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Turmoil September 5, 2009 3 3:00 Walker, Minnesota, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bryan Barberena - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ Simon, Zane. "News Welcome to the UFC Dwyer, O'Reilly, Holohan, and Barberena". Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-12-13). "UFC on FOX 13 results: Bryan Barberena batters, breaks Joe Ellenberger". Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  4. ^ Ben Fowlkes (April 25, 2015). "UFC 186 results: Chad Laprise outstrikes, outworks Bryan Barberena for decision". Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-04-26). "UFC 186 bonuses: Yeah, duh – Demetrious Johnson got $50,000 for that craziness". Retrieved 2015-04-26. 
  6. ^ "Andrew Holbrook out, Bryan Barberena meets Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 18". 2016-01-22. 
  7. ^ "Sage Northcutt gets new opponent & weight class at UFC on FOX 18". 2016-01-22. 
  8. ^ Seamus Raftery (2016-02-02). "Rener Gracie explains why Sage Northcutt's tap wasn't so hasty". Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  9. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-01-30). "UFC on FOX 18 results: Bryan Barberena slows Sage Northcutt hype with submission win". Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  10. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-05-14). "UFC 198 results: Bryan Barberena edges Warlley Alves by decision in grueling battle". Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  11. ^ Staff (2016-10-17). "Bryan Barberena and Colby Covington set to meet at December's UFC on FOX 22". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  12. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-12-17). "UFC on FOX 22 results: Colby Covington smothers Bryan Barberena to take decision win". Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  13. ^ Staff (2017-03-03). "Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Proctor set for UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville". Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  14. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-04-22). "UFC Fight Night 108 results: Bryan Barberena draws Joe Proctor into brawl, wins by TKO". Retrieved 2017-04-22. 
  15. ^ Jordan Breen (2017-07-03). "Bryan Barberena-Leon Edwards welterweight tilt joins Sept. 2 UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam". Retrieved 2017-07-03. 
  16. ^ "UFC-Rotterdam results: Leon Edwards survives knockdown, works to decision over Bryan Barberena". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  17. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2018-03-20). "Jake Ellenberger meets Bryan Barberena at UFC Utica". Retrieved 2018-03-20. 
  18. ^ "Bryan Barberena injured; new UFC Fight Night 131 opponent sought for Jake Ellenberger". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-03-24. 

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