UFC: Emergency Surgery Forces Byran Barberena Out of November 14 Fight

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Bryan Barberena Credit: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Emergency laparotomy surgery to curb internal bleeding has forced UFC welterweight Bryan Barberena out of his November 14 fight.

“Bam Bam” had been expected to face Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 14 next weekend. However, in a post to social media on Saturday, Baberena’s team revealed that ruptured arteries in his omentum (fatty tissue that connects the stomach and intestines) necessitated immediate action.

Bryan had an emergency exploratory laparotomy due to internal bleeding from a couple ruptured arteries in his omentum. He had 1.5 liters of blood in his abdomen. Bryan’s surgery was successful. He is having pain, which is expected, but he is doing good. The doctor said because he is young and healthy he will have a quick recovery. Unfortunately, due to the surgery, Bryan will not be fighting on November 14th. He is extremely disappointed, and was ready to put on a show, but he will be back ASAP (once he’s healed). He apologizes to his opponent Daniel Rodriguez, and wishes him all the best. There are not enough words in the world to properly thank our support system. We have an incredible family, and friends we call family, and we are so very blessed.  -Team BAM BAM

Barberena (15-7) last competed in September, getting back in the win column with a unanimous decision win over Anthony Ivy. The UFC has not confirmed Barberena’s exit from the fight, although that is all but perfunctory at this point. It’s unclear whether a replacement fighter is being sought.

All of us here at Cageside Press wish Barberena a full and speedy recovery.

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