Matt Brown Versus Bryan Barberena Confirmed for UFC Columbus on March 26

Published 01/07/2022, 8:29 AM EST

Another exciting bout is in line for the UFC Fight Night card on March 26. Welterweight fighters Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena will finally battle it out in the ring. This bout, however, was supposed to take place much earlier. But Brown, having contracted the COVID-19, they called off the scheduled fight.

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Marcel Dorff tweeted this news and wrote, “Matt Brown will fight Bryan Barberena at #UFCColumbus on March 26th. (per @MayerMeni)”.

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For fans who were eagerly waiting for this bout, a tough battle is expected between both the fighters in Columbus. There are several other exciting fights on the same card. Jan Blachowicz versus Aleksandar Rakić is going to be an absolute blockbuster fight. Now, with the Brown-Barberena bout confirmed, the Fight Night would be a delight for UFC fans.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 15: Matt Brown poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 15, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Interestingly, both the fighters are coming off a recent win. ‘The Immortal’, with a 25-18-0 record, makes him a highly experienced fighter as compared to his opponent, and this could be an aspect that gives him an edge. So it would be interesting to see what game plan Barberena comes up with to defeat Brown.

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Further, the 40-year-old fighter has won the majority of his fights through submissions or knockouts. In fact, from 2012 to 2014, he won five fights through back-to-back knockouts. His latest win in 2021 too was through a T/KO. Thus, Barberena risks facing Brown’s brutal knockouts.

How many opponents have Matt Brown knocked out?

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Brown began his professional MMA career back in 2005 and fought for several promotions before his stint at ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ in 2008. The same year, he fought his first UFC fight at UFC 88.

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He has had 43 professional fights out of which he won 25. Out of those 25 fights he won, he finished 16 of them through knockouts and seven through submissions. Interestingly, he has won just two bouts through unanimous decisions.

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With such a tough upcoming bout against Barberena, it would be interesting to see if he would be successful in knocking out his opponent yet again. Do you think this is a good fight for Matt Brown? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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