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Bryan Barberena
American mixed martial arts fighter

Bryan Barberena

Bryan Barberena
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American mixed martial arts fighter
Is Athlete Mixed martial artist
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 3 May 1989, Montclair, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Age 33 years
Star sign Taurus
The details (from wikipedia)


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.


Barberena was born in Montclair, California, but grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, where he moved with his parents at a young age. He later attended Prescott High School, after moving to Arizona during his sophomore year where he played football and was a standout as a linebacker. His father is originally from Cali, Colombia, and Barberena has stated he feels both American and Colombian. He brings each country's flags to his fights.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Barberena begin his professional mixed martial arts career in late 2009 with an amateur record of 1-0. Over the next five years he trained primarily at the MMA Lab in Arizona and amassed a record of 9-2 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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Barberena was expected to face Jake Ellenberger on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 131. However, on March 23, 2018, Barberena pulled out due to injury. The pairing was rescheduled and took place on August 25, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 135. He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.

After having split his training at MMA Lab and Gym-O before Ellenberger fight, Barberena decided to move his camp entirely to Gym-O in Gastonia, North Carolina in order to be closer to his residence near Knoxville, Tennessee. Barberena faced Vicente Luque on February 17, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 1. After a back-and-forth two rounds, he lost the fight via TKO late in the third round. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.

Barberena faced Randy Brown on June 22, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 12. He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.

Barberena is scheduled to face Anthony Ivy on September 12, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 177.

Championships and awards

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Fight of the Night (Two times)
  • MMAJunkie.com
    • 2019 February Fight of the Month

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 14 wins 7 losses
By knockout 10 2
By submission 2 1
By decision 2 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–7 Randy Brown TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Moicano vs. Korean Zombie June 22, 2019 3 2:54 Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Loss 14–6 Vicente Luque TKO (knees and punches) UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez February 17, 2019 3 4:54 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 14–5 Jake Ellenberger TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick August 25, 2018 1 2:26 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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
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

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

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