Bryan Barberena barely made it home to Glendale before the MMA world tossed an asterisk onto his breakout win over Sage Northcutt.
Barberena submitted the 19-year-old Northcutt with an arm-triangle choke at UFC on FOX 18, defying the odds and smashing the hype that surrounded the previously unbeaten teenager, even despite accepting the fight on eight days’ notice. The win was a massive one for Barberena, one that cemented him as a name to watch in UFC welterweight division in front of millions of viewers on FOX. But those good vibes only lasted a few days before the narrative drifted back toward his foe.
In an interview this week on The MMA Hour, Northcutt chalked up the loss to a prolonged battle with strep throat, stating that illness prevented him from performing like his normal self on fight night. And after hearing Northcutt’s explanation, Barberena can’t help but feel a little slighted by the whole situation.
“I feel like he’s trying to take away what I’ve done,” Barberena said. “Trying to put down that I beat him, like it was only because of this. In one article I saw, he said the choke wasn’t what made him tap. It was that he couldn’t breathe, because he was congested. No, he couldn’t breathe because I was choking him. That’s why.
“I can’t help but take it as just excuses, him coming out and saying things. Even if they really did happen, like he did go to the doctor or whatever, it is what it is. He made the decision to step in there. We all have things. We all have injuries we go into the fight with. I had my own things that I went into the fight with that I’m not going to discuss or anything. Some people like ….View full article
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