MMA Preview – Jake Ellenberger vs Bryan Barberena at UFC Fight Night 135

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 135? Sunday 26th August, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 135? Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska

What channel is UFC Fight Night 135 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 135? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 135? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

LAST EIGHT FIGHTS

JAKE ELLENBERGER

BRYAN BARBERENA

2018

Ben Saunders
UFC

L
(TKO)

L
(DEC)

Leon Edwards
UFC

2017

2017

Mike Perry
UFC

L
(KO)

W
(TKO)

Joe Proctor
UFC

2017

2016

Jorge Masvidal
UFC

L
(TKO)

L
(DEC)

Colby Covington
UFC

2016

2016

Matt Brown
UFC

W
(TKO)

W
(DEC)

Warlley Alves
UFC

2016

2018

Tarec Saffiedine
UFC

L
(DEC)

W
(SUB)

Sage Northcutt
UFC

2016

THE BREAKDOWN

The veteran Ellenberger fights in his home state for the first time since 2012 in what is likely to be his retirement fight. ‘The Juggernaut’ has had a storied career but was never able to contend for the title but is desperate to win his 21st UFC fight and go out with a bang.

We know how explosive Ellenberger is but ‘Bam Bam’ will oblige in exchanging leather and although he does not possess the power of Ellenberger, he has proven how destructive his hands are with nine knockouts from his 13 wins.

Considering Ellenberger has a staggering 19 knockouts himself, we can predict how this fight will end. Many will back the veteran on his home patch but having retirement at the back of your mind does not bode well when fighting someone like Barberena.

Prediction: Barberena via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.