Bryan Barberena Leaves UFC After Promotion Opts Not To Re-Sign Him

Bryan Barberena’s time in the UFC has come to an end after the promotion opted not to re-sign him following the conclusion of his contract.

“It’s been a hell of a ride!” Barberena wrote on X.

“My contract has ended with the UFC and I have not been resigned. In the meantime I’ll be enjoying my family, farming, and drinking some Ridge Rum. A lot of opportunity out there to let the hands fly and hurt some feelings, so we will see where the Bam Bam Nation rises next.

“Thank you to the Bam Bam Nation, the fans, and those who enjoyed watching my fights. Thank you to the UFC, It’s been a blast.”

The 34-year-old Barberena’s exit comes after suffering a four-fight losing streak in the Octagon over the past couple of years, including three submission defeats against Rafael dos Anjos, Gunnar Nelson and Gerald Meerschaert along with a unanimous decision loss to Makhmud Muradov.

However, Barberena did have some big wins during his 9-10 run in the UFC, including TKO victories over Robbie Lawler and Jake Ellenberger and a split-decision win over Matt Brown.

Barberena is already plotting his next move as he’s calling for a fight with Mike Perry after watching him TKO Thiago Alves in just 60 seconds at a bareknuckle BKFC event this past weekend.

“Seems to me Perry needs himself a real brawler to brawl with #bkfc ‍♂️,” Barberena wrote.

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