Bryan Barberena returns set to face Anthony Ivy at UFC’s September 12 event
Barberena (14-7-0) returns to the Octagon after more than a year since his last fight. The MMA Lab fighter will try to end his bad stint. Furthermore, Bryan is currently 1-3 in his last four fights and has not won since 2018 . Coming off being knocked out by Randy Brown at UFC Greenville , therefore he desperately needs to get back in the win column.
Barberena will be making his first appearance in the UFC since undergoing back surgery to repair nerve and spinal damage. Before going under the knife, Barberena had dropped two straight fights with losses to both Randy Brown and Vicente Luque.
In fact, Barberena has not competed since June 2019. In September 2019, Barberena underwent back surgery to fix damage to his spine and nerves. He has lost back-to-back fights to Randy Brown and Vicente Luque entering the Ivy matchup. “Not because I want to, but because I have to, (I’m taking time away from fighting,” Barberena told UFC commentator Brendan Fitzgerald in August 2019. “I’m going to be having back surgery in about two weeks. It’s just gotten to the point where I’m not able to function, and I’m in excruciating pain all the time.”
Equally important, Ivy (8-3-0 MMA) will try to get his first victory in the Octagon. On his debut, he was knocked out by Christian Aguilera at UFC on ESPN 10 . That loss ended a five-win streak. Anthony became known for his tenure at Fury FC , a regional Texas organization.
Ivy, 30, rode a five-fight winning streak entering his short-notice UFC debut against Christian Aguilera on June 13. He lost the fight via strikes in 59 seconds.
Anthony Ivy is set to return against Bryan Barberena
Sept. 12 lineup now looks like:
Thiago Santos vs. Glover Teixeira
Andrea Lee vs. Roxanne Modafferi
Tyson Nam vs. Matt Schnell
Bruno Silva vs. Tagir Ulanbekov
Frank Camacho vs. Brok Weaver
Kyle Nelson vs. Billy Quarantillo
Bryan Barberena vs. Anthony Ivy