Bryan ‘Bam Bam’ Barberena has offered himself to be Nate Diaz’s last dance partner in the UFC.
Bryan Barberena (18-8) is fresh off a Fight of the Night scrap with former UFC Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. ‘Bam Bam’ ended the fight at the 4:47 mark of the second round and picked up the biggest win of his career.
A veteran in the cage, Barberena signed to the UFC in 2014. Picking up five Fight of the Night honours along the way. His resume also includes the likes of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Sage Northcutt, and Matt Brown. Along with his extensive resume, Barberena is a known finisher. In his 18 career wins, he has 13 finishes, of which 11 are knockouts.
Nate Diaz (20-13) is one of the UFC‘s most popular names. Signing with the company in 2007 at just 22 years of age. Diaz has fought for the Lightweight title and has won over the likes of Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, and former double champ ‘The Notorious Conor McGregor.
No stranger to a scrap either, Diaz has earned himself 14 fight bonuses in his career. In his 20 wins, he also boasts a high finishing rate, with 16 wins via stoppage.
Although such a popular figure in the UFC, Nate has expressed his frustrations with the company lately. Trying to get a fight for the best part of a year, and the last one on his contract at that. He has openly accepted fights through social media with Dustin Poirier and Khamzat Chimaev.
Obviously, social media call-outs aren’t the same as signing a bout agreement. But the UFC is yet to offer Nate a fight, according to him. Having only fought twice in nearly three years and losing both of them fights, the lineup for Diaz is going to be selective. He’s a big name but currently not ranked in a division. His call outs of Chimaev and Poirier seem like good fights on paper, but both other men are at the door of a title shot in their classes. Would either man risk their number to fight Nate?
This is why the Bam Bam call out makes more sense. He’s battled tested. He’s unranked and likes to keep the fight standing. Like Nate does. With the last fight on Nate’s contract looming. I’d like to see him fight a brawler. Bryan is that man, currently.
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