Covington is coming off an impressive win over Max Griffin back in August at UFC 202. The 28-year-old American Top Team product is 10-1 as a professional fighter with his only loss coming to Brazilian prospect Warlley Alves at UFC 194 back in December 2015.
Barberena last competed against the man who gave Covington his first and only professional loss, Alves, outpointing him to win a decision at UFC 198 in May. That win placed Barberena on a two-fight wining streak, as he had submitted Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 18 prior to the bout with Alves. 'Bam Bam' has a professional record of 12-3, and is 3-1 in the UFC.