Bryan Barberena

Bryan Paul Barberena (born May 3, 1989)[1] 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.[4]

Bryan Barberena
BornBryan Paul Barberena[1]
(1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 31)
Montclair, California, United States
Other namesBam Bam
ResidenceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States[2]
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach72 in (183 cm)
Fighting out ofGastonia, North Carolina, United States[2]
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States (formerly)
TeamMMA Lab (formerly)
Gym-O (2018–present)[2]
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Crouch[3]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout10
By submission2
By decision3
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


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 careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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 ChampionshipEdit

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.[5]

In his second fight for the promotion, Barberena faced Chad Laprise at UFC 186. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[6] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[7]

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.[8] With the late change, the matchup was contested at welterweight.[9] Despite being a heavy underdog, Barberena won the bout via choke[10] in the second round.[11]

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.[12]

Barberena next faced Colby Covington on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22.[13] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[14]

Barberena next faced Joe Proctor on April 23, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov.[15] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[16]

Barberena faced Leon Edwards on September 2, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 115.[17] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[18]

Barberena was expected to face Jake Ellenberger on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 131.[19] However, on March 23, 2018, Barberena pulled out due to injury.[20] The pairing was rescheduled and took place on August 25, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 135.[21] He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[22]

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.[2] Barberena faced Vicente Luque on February 17, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 1.[23] After a back-and-forth two rounds, he lost the fight via TKO late in the third round.[24] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[25]

Barberena faced Randy Brown on June 22, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 12.[26] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[27]

Barberena faced Anthony Ivy on September 12, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 177.[28] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[29]

Barberena was expected to face Daniel Rodriguez on November 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos.[30] However, Barberena underwent an emergency laparotomy a week before the event due to "internal bleeding from a couple ruptured arteries in his omentum" and was sidelined indefinitely.[31]

Personal lifeEdit

Barberena and his wife Diana have three children.[32]

Championships and awardsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 15 wins 7 losses
By knockout 10 2
By submission 2 1
By decision 3 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–7 Anthony Ivy Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill September 12, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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 lb) 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 recordEdit

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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Mixed martial arts show results Date: September 12, 2020
  2. ^ a b c d Alexander K. Lee (February 24, 2019). "Bryan Barberena talks insane battle with Vicente Luque, 'Baby Shark' entrance".
  3. ^ "Bryan Barberena - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Archived from the original on June 10, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Simon, Zane. "News Welcome to the UFC Dwyer, O'Reilly, Holohan, and Barberena". Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  5. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-12-13). "UFC on Fox 13 results: Bryan Barberena batters, breaks Joe Ellenberger". Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  6. ^ Ben Fowlkes (April 25, 2015). "UFC 186 results: Chad Laprise outstrikes, outworks Bryan Barberena for decision". Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  7. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-04-26). "UFC 186 bonuses: Yeah, duh – Demetrious Johnson got $50,000 for that craziness". Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  8. ^ "Andrew Holbrook out, Bryan Barberena meets Sage Northcutt at UFC on Fox 18". 2016-01-22.
  9. ^ "Sage Northcutt gets new opponent & weight class at UFC on Fox 18". 2016-01-22.
  10. ^ Seamus Raftery (2016-02-02). "Rener Gracie explains why Sage Northcutt's tap wasn't so hasty". Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  11. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-01-30). "UFC on Fox 18 results: Bryan Barberena slows Sage Northcutt hype with submission win". Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  12. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-05-14). "UFC 198 results: Bryan Barberena edges Warlley Alves by decision in grueling battle". Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  13. ^ Staff (2016-10-17). "Bryan Barberena and Colby Covington set to meet at December's UFC on Fox 22". Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  14. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-12-17). "UFC on Fox 22 results: Colby Covington smothers Bryan Barberena to take decision win". Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  15. ^ Staff (2017-03-03). "Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Proctor set for UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville". Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  16. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-04-22). "UFC Fight Night 108 results: Bryan Barberena draws Joe Proctor into brawl, wins by TKO". Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  17. ^ Jordan Breen (2017-07-03). "Bryan Barberena-Leon Edwards welterweight tilt joins Sept. 2 UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam". Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  18. ^ "UFC-Rotterdam results: Leon Edwards survives knockdown, works to decision over Bryan Barberena". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  19. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2018-03-20). "Jake Ellenberger meets Bryan Barberena at UFC Utica". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  20. ^ "Bryan Barberena injured; new UFC Fight Night 131 opponent sought for Jake Ellenberger". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  21. ^ Staff (2018-07-18). "Bryan Barberena announces UFC Lincoln bout with Jake Ellenberger". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  22. ^ "UFC Fight Night 135 results: Bryan Barberena stops Jake Ellenberger, who retires after loss". MMAjunkie. 2018-08-26. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  23. ^ Tees, David. "Vicente Luque faces Bryan Barberena at UFC Fight Night Phoenix". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  24. ^ "UFC on ESPN 1 results: Vicente Luque stops Bryan Barberena with six seconds left in epic brawl". MMAjunkie. 2019-02-18. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  25. ^ Hiergesell, Dan (2019-02-18). "UFC Phoenix Bonuses! Luque, Barberena Battle it Out For $50K Each". Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  26. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-04-30). "Bryan Barberena makes an appearance against Randy Brown during UFC Greenville" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  27. ^ McClory, Mike (2019-06-22). "UFC Greenville Results: Randy Brown Beats the Odds and Finishes Bryan Barberena". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  28. ^ DNA, MMA (2020-08-08). "BREAKING: Bryan Barberena treft Anthony Ivy op 12 september tijdens UFC evenement in Las Vegas". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  29. ^ Doherty, Dan (2020-09-12). "UFC Vegas 10 Results: Bryan Barberena Wins Grueling Fight Against Anthony Ivy". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  30. ^ Staff (2020-10-28). "Bryan Barberena meets Daniel Rodriguez on November 14 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2020-10-28. (in Dutch)
  31. ^ Staff (2020-11-07). "Bryan Barberena undergoes emergency surgery, out of Nov. 14 UFC Fight Night bout". Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  32. ^ Gavin Porter (September 9, 2020). "Bryan Barberena Is Rejuvenated And Ready For His Run". Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  33. ^ Hiergesell, Dan (2019-02-18). "UFC Phoenix Bonuses! Luque, Barberena Battle it Out For $50K Each". Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  34. ^ "MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for February: Could this winner hold up all year?". February 28, 2019.
  35. ^ "Bryan". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-02.

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