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Bryan Barberena raises hand to fight undefeated 9-0 UFC star seeking next rival

Bryan Barberena is extremely pleased at returning to the UFC
Bryan Barberena steps on the scale during the UFC 198 weigh-in at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 13, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Khamzat Chimaev needs another fight and Bryan Barberena is willing to take on the Swede

Bryan Barberena raised his hand to fight Khamzat Chimaev, and is one of the few who is willing to take on the Swede.

Chimaev is possibly the biggest name in the UFC right now as he searches for his next win. The 26-year-old has finished all his UFC opponents and won in convincing fashion.

Khamzat Chimaev against Gerald Meerschaert ended in a quick knockout
Khamzat Chimaev of Chechnya punches Gerald Meerschaert in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Chimaev has won all his UFC battles in the span of a couple of months and wants a fourth fight this year.

That is something special given that most fighters can take up just two clashes in a year. Chimaev has highlighted how many of the UFC stars are avoiding him, despite the Swede calling out top talents such as Chris Weidman and Demian Maia.

Chimaev might be looking for a ranked fighter but Barberena is open to facing him.

Not ranked but ready to rumble

Barberena is always up for a fight and a clash against Chimaev could be a brilliant affair. He responded to a social media post on who wanted to face Chimaev and he tagged Dana White as well.

It is unlikely that Barberena could get this fight given that he isn’t ranked but there is no harm in trying.

Chimaev, for his part, seems set to battle a ranked star next but the timing of the clash is to be seen. He wasn’t pleased with Weidman wanting a fight in January and wants to clash before the end of the year.

Bryan Barberena has a huge farm
Bryan Barberena of the United States looks on while fighting against Sage Northcutt of the United States (not pictured) in the first round of their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on January 30, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It will be interesting to see what is next for Chimaev while Barberena won his last fight. The 31-year-old last defeated Anthony Ivy at UFC: Waterson vs Hill and improved to 15 wins and seven losses in his MMA career.

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