UFC Vegas 27: Who is Chris “Huggy Bear” Barnett?


Get to know UFC heavyweight newcomer, Chris Barnett, forward of his promotional debut Saturday night time at UFC Vegas 27 in opposition to Ben Rothwell.

Chris Barnett will make his first stroll to the Octagon Saturday night time. Barnett will tackle long-time UFC veteran and heavyweight mainstay, Ben Rothwell, as a part of the UFC Vegas 27 preliminary card on ESPN+. The bout will function the second bout of the night from Las Vegas.

Barnett’s MMA resume is a stellar one. At 21-6, Barnett has fought all around the world and has competed in opposition to the likes of Yoon Jae Shim (x2), Rashaun Jackson, Robert Neal, and Alexandru Lungo. He most just lately defeated Ahmed Tijani Shehu in Sept. 2020 at simply 58 seconds into the opening spherical by KO/TKO.

Barnett presently rides a six-fight profitable streak coming into his UFC debut, as Rothwell is arguably Barnett’s largest take a look at up to now. In 27 appearances, Barnett has completed 16 outings by KO/TKO, and through his present win-streak, he has three first-round finishes.

Barnett is thought by many as Huggy Bear.

Who’s Ben Rothwell?

Rothwell has been with the UFC since 2009 and has fought among the finest that the heavyweight division has to supply. Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, Cain Velasquez, and Stefan Struve are only a few examples of the extent of depth that Rothwell has confronted over time.

Sadly for the Wisconsin native, Rothwell has struggled to search out consistency as of late. He’s simply 2-3 in his final 5 appearances, most just lately dropping to Marcin Tybura by unanimous choice in October 2020. His final victory got here in opposition to Ovince St. Preux in a break up choice effort in Could 2020, as he appears to snap a year-long drought and not using a win.

Will Barnett enhance his streak to seven or will Rothwell regain his profitable kind in his first look of 2021? Saturday night time will reveal the reply.


UFC Vegas 27 takes place on Saturday, Could 22, 2021, reside from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Comply with together with FanSided who’s on-site all week for all of your reside information and highlights.



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