Darian Weeks Steps In On Short Notice, Fights Bryan Barberena This Weekend At UFC Vegas 44

Darian Weeks
Darian Weeks Credit: IMMAF

Bryan Barberena will stay on this weekend’s UFC Vegas 44 card after all.

Iridium Sports Agency announced Tuesday on social media that their newest client, Darian Weeks, will be stepping in four days’ notice to fight UFC veteran Barberena at UFC on ESPN: Font vs. Aldo. Barberena was scheduled to face Matt Brown; however, Brown had to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Welterweight Barberena (15-8) is coming off a majority decision loss to Jason Witt at UFC on ESPN: Hall vs. Strickland, which won Fight of the Night. Before that, he defeated Anthony Ivy in his only fight in 2020. “Bam Bam” is 1-3 in his last four and needs a win.

Weeks (5-0) enters the UFC holding an undefeated record and a 100% finish rate. Weeks has never been to a third-round in his professional career. Weeks knocked out Craig Fairley in February and was supposed to face Josh Quinlan during week 2 of Dana White’s Contender Series, but the fight was scrapped due to COVID.

UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Aldo takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV, and will be broadcast on ESPN.

The complete December 4 fight card now looks like this:

  • Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo
  • Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Claudio Puelles
  • Rafael Fiziev vs. Brad Riddell
  • Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Mallory Martin
  • Brendan Allen vs. Chris Curtis
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Darian Weeks
  • Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Manel Kape
  • Jake Matthews vs. Jeremiah Wells
  • Clay Guida vs. Leonardo Santos
  • Alex Morono vs. Mickey Gall
  • Maki Pitolo vs. Dusko Todorovic
  • Alonzo Menifield vs. William Knight
  • Jared Vanderaa vs. Azamat Murzakanov
  • Louis Smolka vs. Vince Morales