The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, March 26, 2022, for UFC Fight Night 205.
This event is going down live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Headlining the card is a heavyweight contest between a pair of ranked contenders in Curtis Blaydes (No. 4) and Chris Daukaus (No. 9).
Co-headlining the event is a women’s flyweight bout between another pair of ranked contenders, Joanne Calderwood (No. 7) and Alexa Grasso (No. 9).
Our feature fight of the night came in the welterweight division between Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena.
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What an absolute war this one turned into! Continue reading to see how this epic contest went down:
Official Result: Bryan Barberena def. Matt Brown via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
The bout starts and the two are trading leg kicks, before beginning to let their hands go. Barberena comes in too close for one of those combinations however, and Brown hits a beautiful foot sweep on him.
After some control time for Brown on the mat, both men are back to their feet.
This was a very active first round with both parties having success.
Barberena is controlling the center to begin the second, and is landing some nice leg kicks. However, Brown times another takedown beautifully, this time a double leg.
Once they’re back to their feet they trade elbows along the fence, before going back to kickboxing range.
Barberena hurts Brown with a nasty elbow and swarms him, only to be double legged and put on his back again.
Barberena’s right back to his feet though, and they’re back to trading elbows again.
Brown then stuns Barberena and follows up, though Barberena’s still in the fight throwing back.
We knew this was going to be a straight up dogfight, and it is.
Brown secures another foot sweep takedown in the third, as well as a couple more double legs, only he didn’t stay on top long. He was in Barberena’s face the whole time they were on the feet, catching him with a variety of vicious shots, though Barberena landed a lot of nasty shots himself.
Barberena finishes the fight in Brown’s grill teeing off, this was a very close fight. What a war!
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