Will it be another sweet underdog performance by Bryan Barberena?
On Monday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship' officially added a bout between Barberena and slick-boxing Brit Leon Edwards to its UFC Fight Night 115 card, scheduled for Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The event airs in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.
Barberena, 28, has pieced together a 4-2 UFC mark and carved out a niche as an all-action fighter with a penchant for upsets: “Bam Bam's” first three UFC victories over Joe Ellenberger, Sage Northcutt and Warlley Alves all came as an underdog. In his last bout and first as a betting favorite, Barberena knocked out Joe Proctor in the first round.
The 25-year-old Edwards, 5-2 inside the Octagon, is riding a three-fight winning streak in the promotion. After a win over Dominic Waters, Edwards upset Russia's Albert Tumenov last October, choking him out in the second round at UFC 204. “Rocky” returned at UFC Fight Night 107 in London, England this past March, notching a unanimous decision over Vicente Luque.