Randy Brown and Bryan Barberena are two welterweight scrappers who are coming off knockout losses. Expect them to go all out and try to erase those setbacks at the expense of each other at UFC Fight Night 154. As they get their game plans ready, here are some numbers that may just define this potential Fight of the Night.
Post-fight bonusesAfter knocking out Joe Ellenberger in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut, Barberena faced Chad Laprise in a fight where he was almost taken out in the first round. He did come back in the next two rounds, but Laprise was ultimately handed the victory via unanimous decision.
Barberena didn’t go empty-handed, though, as he and Laprise were awarded the Fight of the Night honors. The Minneapolis, Minnesota, native netted his second Fight of the Night purse following his grueling war with Vicente Luque earlier this year. In this high-action contest, both fighters landed a total of 332 significant strikes. But with only six seconds left in the fight, Luque managed to stop his opponent with knees and punches.
Brown has yet to earn his first post-fight bonus, but that doesn’t mean he’s a boring fighter. In fact, “Rude Boy” has scored two finishes in the UFC. Before joining the promotion, he also stopped all six of his opponents at Ring of Combat.
Striking accuracyThere isn’t much difference between the two fighters when it comes to striking accuracy. Barberena parades a 49 percent striking accuracy after landing 604 significant strikes out of 1,236 attempts. His highest in a single fight was 169, which he threw on Luque. Brown, on the other hand, is the owner of a 44 percent striking accuracy. Of the 491 total significant strikes he has thrown, 218 hit their target clean. His highest output was 52, which was against Belal Muhammad.
Takedown accuracyBarberena has only landed two takedowns in six attempts in his nine UFC bouts. That makes for a lowly 33 percent takedown accuracy. The fighters he was able to take to the ground were Sage Northcutt and Laprise. In contrast, Brown has made a decent account of himself in terms of wrestling. The Budokan Martial Arts Academy representative holds a 42 percent takedown accuracy, with five out of 12 takedowns landed. He took down Matt Dwyer, Erick Montano, Brian Camozzi, Mickey Gall and Niko Price.
Career lossesBrown was undefeated coming into the UFC and made a successful Octagon debut by outworking Dwyer. But on his second promotional bout, he was submitted by Michael Graves . Later on, Brown was also decisioned by Muhammad and knocked out by Price. That’s three losses out of 13 professional fights for the Jamaican-American welterweight.
Barberena has lost six times in 20 bouts. Before joining the UFC, he was submitted by Derek Smith and decisioned by Tyler Klejeski. Like Brown, he suffered his first UFC loss on his second fight for the promotion. In all, Barberena has been decisioned by Laprise, Colby Covington and Leon Edwards before getting knocked out for the first time in his career by Luque.