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We have a scrap in the Welterweight division, as Matt “The Immortal” Brown takes on Bryan “Bam Bam” Barberena. Coming off an impressive knockout victory over Dhiego Lima, Brown continues to excite inside the octagon. However, at 39 years old, Brown may likely be in his final run. Meanwhile, Barberena is coming off a hard fought decision victory over Darian Weeks. No stranger to battles, Barberena has been involved in three “Fight of the Night’s”. Surprising honestly, considering everyone of his fights seems like a slugfest.

As for a prediction, I have Barberena winning. While this fight can go either way, I believe durability will be a major factor in deciding the victor. Having seen Barberena endure punishment among the best of them, in the two times he was stopped via strikes, it took 163 strikes by Vicente Luque and 89 strikes by Randy Brown before “Bam Bam” was put away. Even in his most recent fight, which Barberena won, he endured 118 strikes. On the other hand, Brown has been dropped six times in his last seven fights. Of those seven fights, he has lost three of the four via knockout. In the end, unless Brown implements a heavy wrestling attack, I believe Barberena’s high output, cardio and pace is going to engulf Brown. So with that said, I predict that Barberena wins via TKO.

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