Bryan Barberena withstood many takedown attempts at UFC Vegas 10 against Anthony Ivy to get his first win in over two years.
The always exciting Bryan Barberena took on Anthony Ivy during the UFC Vegas 10 prelims. Barberena is an even 5-5 in the Octagon with a pair of Fight of the Night bonuses to his name. He’s lost a pair of fun fights against Randy Brown and Vicente Luque most recently.
Ivy came to the UFC on an absolute roll, stopping five straight opponents to earn a contract. He was knocked out in his promotional debut in under a minute by Christian Aguilera back in June. All eight wins in Ivy’s career have been stoppages.
Anthony Ivy committed to foot movement around the Octagon as Bryan Barberena stalked him from the center of the cage. Ivy shot for a takedown and brought Barberena all the way to the other side of the Octagon against the fence. Ivy used a few efforts to get Barberena down briefly, and back to the clinch they went. Barberena went to a Thai clinch and landed a knee to the body followed by a hook. Ivy went for a high kick but slipped, and Barberena barely missed on a heavy hammerfist. Ivy returned to his feet and ate a hard body shot that stunned him. Barberena pursued the covered up Ivy, but ate a big elbow as Ivy circled off the cage. A straight punch caused Ivy to cover up again, who broke away from the cage and got the takedown he was looking for. Ivy ended the round in half guard.
Punishing body shots!
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Ivy came out aggressive, but Barberena shut it right down with a combination that caused Ivy to cover up again. He tried to turn it into a takedown attempt that Barberena defended well. Barberena landed a pair of heavy leg kicks after they separated. Ivy initiated an exchanged then ate an uppercut from Barberena. Ivy threw a combination to get to another clinch, then landed a cracking elbow. Barberena ate it, then landed a hard shot that brought Ivy to a knee. Ivy bounced back up, but was having serious issues with Barberena on the feet. Ivy was landing a hard shot here and there, but it was Barberena who was doing significant damage. A two-punch combination for Ivy followed by another stinging combination. Barberena landed a slew of elbows, then ate one, causing him to shoot for a takedown to end the round.
Barberena landed a right hook to start the final round then avoided a takedown. A jab and a head kick came in from Ivy followed by another failed takedown. Another takedown came in from Ivy and this one worked. Ivy elected to bring Barberena back to the feet in the clinch, then landed an elbow. Barberena landed a pair of hard shots, then stuffed another takedown. Another two takedowns were stuffed by Barberena, and on the second one, Barberena was able to get top position briefly with a reversal. A heavy exchange ensued when they returned to the feet, with both men landing well. Another takedown was stuffed by Barberena, but a second one got him down. Barberena went for a kimura and Ivy ended the round on top.
Bryan Barberena def. Anthony Ivy by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)