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Enrique Barzola

29-Year-Old     UFC     Lightweight     15-3-1

Birthdate:  April 28, 1989    Height:  5'10    Weight:  Lightweight    

May 19, 2018    Enrique Barzola News

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Barzola defeated Brandon Davis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Santiago, Chile.

Barzola came out in this fight with some funky footwork. It looked like he was going to work on the outside and land strikes. However, his wrestling turned out to be the story in this fight. He score consistently with takedowns throughout the fight. Davis was game on the ground and continually fought back to his feet. Barzola stayed with him and returned him to the mat over and over. Since falling against Kyle Bochniak in 2016, Barzola has now four-straight fights in the UFC.

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Barzola is set to go up against Brandon Davis at UFC Chile on May 19, Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Barzola will enter May's bout riding a three-fight winning streak, with his most recent victory coming against Matt Bessette via unanimous decision at UFC 220 in Boston back in January. Overall, Barzola is 4-1 through his first five UFC fights, but he hasn't loss since 2016. His opponent, Davis, is just 1-1 in the UFC but boasts a 9-4 career record in MMA.
Barzola defeated Matt Bessette via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 220 on Saturday in Boston.

Fantasy Analysis

That should actually read "Barzola's takedowns defeated Bessette via unanimous decision." Although he didn't do a whole heck of a lot with his positional advantages, Barzola's five successful takedowns allowed him to easily grind out a victory over the debuting Bessette. The 28-year-old Barzola has quietly produced a 4-1 record in his first five UFC bout. There is no reason to believe that he has the potential to defeat any top-15 fighters in the UFC's featherweight division, but Barzola's early run with the company has gone far better than many people expected.
Barzola will face Matt Bessette on Jan. 20 at UFC 220 in Boston, Thomas Gerbasi of UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Barzola will enter this bout a winner of two straight after defeating Chris Avila, and most recently Gabriel Benitez. The 28-year-old bested Benitez in May of 2017 via unanimous decision, and will look to make it three in a row against "The Mangler." This will mark Bessette's first appearance in the Octagon, following a performance against Kurt Holobaugh that resulted in a no-contest during Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in July. Prior to that fight, he had won seven straight contests.
Barzola defeated Gabriel Benitez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 211 on Saturday in Dallas.

Fantasy Analysis

When all else failed, Barzola leaned on his biggest strength - his wrestling game. He was credited with nine successful takedowns against Benitez after scoring on seven of them in his previous fight against Chris Avila in November. There isn't much else to like about Barzola's game, but he has the ability to grind out decisions as he showed on Saturday.
Barzola defeated Chris Avila via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Mexico City.

Fantasy Analysis

Barzola was facing one of the worst fighters on the roster, so not too much can be made of his performance, but it was a dominant effort against an overmatched Avila. Barzola won the total strike battle by a count of 129-41 and he also landed an insane 7/12 takedown attempts. It's going to be more difficult for Barzola next time out no matter who he faces, but he looked like a stud on Saturday.
Barzola lost to Kyle Bochniak via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC on FOX 21 on Saturday in Vancouver.

Fantasy Analysis

While it wasn't a slam dunk, Barzola appeared to win this fight fairly easily. He was the far better fighter over the first few minutes of the bout, and while Bochniak scored with plenty of leg kicks, Barzola did a nice job of regaining the momentum whenever things seemed to be getting out of hand. Again, while it was a competitive bout, Barzola appeared to get the short end of the stick here. He suffers his first UFC loss after winning his debut against Horacio Gutierrez in November at the TUF: Latin America finale.
Barzola defeated Horacio Gutierrez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) to win The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America lightweight title at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Monterrey, Mexico.

Fantasy Analysis

And it wasn't even close. Barzola racked up nearly two full rounds worth of top position time and was never really threatened in the bout. Barzola went off as a +175 underdog, but he dominated the bout from start to finish. Considering guys fight in the wrong weight class and against poor competition on TUF, it's hard to gauge much about Barzola's future from this performance.