Brian Barberena vs. Rafael dos Anjos: UFC on ESPN 42 Preview

Brian Barabrena of the United States and Brazil’s Rafael dos Anjos will face off in a welterweight bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship on ESPN 42 mixed martial arts competition. The battle will take place on December 4 this year in Orlando at the Amway Center. The confrontation should start at 03:00 Kyiv time. Opponents quite often received an award for the “best fight of the evening”, so the meeting promises to be spectacular.
Bookmakers give a slight advantage to the representative of Brazil, but the American has gained excellent form and will try to surprise.

Brian Barberena

“Bam Bam” held 26 fights among the pros in mixed martial arts. Having won 18 victories, most of them by knockout, Bryan suffered eight defeats (three ahead of schedule and five by decision). Barbarena will approach the next battle on a series of three victories. After losing to Jason Witt on points, the representative of the MMA Lab team defeated Darian Wicks by unanimous decision of the judges and Matt Brown. In the last battle, the Montclair native defeated Robbie Lawler by TKO with punches. In the next battle, the American is waiting for a serious opponent, whom the athlete living in Minneapolis is able to defeat.

A fighter from the USA is good at striking, but it will be extremely difficult for Brian to be stronger than the master of Thai boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. You can place a bet on this fighter at

Rafael dos Anjos

“RDA” has impressive experience and by the age of 38 he managed to fight in a cage in 45 fights. Having won 31 times, dos Anjos has suffered 14 defeats (three by knockout, one by submission and 10 decisions). Since 2018, Rafael has held eight confrontations and has been stronger only three times. Before defeating Kevin Lee by arm triangle choke, the Latino lost to Colby Covington and Kamar Usman. Then the athlete living in Rio de Janeiro lost to Leon Edwards and Michael Chiesa. In all these meetings, the fiasco was a unanimous decision of the judges. A series of setbacks did not unsettle the representative of the Evolve MMA and RDA Academy teams, and the Brazilian defeated Paul Felder, as well as Renato Moicano. However, in the last fight, an athlete from South America was knocked out by Azerbaijani Rafael Fiziev.

The years take their toll and it is difficult for RDA to resist younger opponents. However, with dos Anjos’s technique, everything is in perfect order and the Brazilian can surprise.

Our forecast

Even at the start of his career, “Bam Bam” lost to Derek Smith with an elbow lever and so far this is Brian’s only defeat by submission. Considering who Barbarena will have to face in the next battle, history may repeat itself. Rafael is not inferior to the opponent in striking and prevails in the fight. “RDA” is able to make a number of takedowns and on the canvas to delay a competitor from Minneapolis. Most likely, the Latin American will win and the fight will not last the entire distance.

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