In the evening’s second bout, Francimar Barroso scored a solid win in his Octagon debut against Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 163.
Barroso, fighting in his hometown of Rio de Jainero, moved well around his much longer opponent — who will, at 6’5″, own a reach advantage over most of the light heavyweight division — hitting hard leg kicks to take an early lead. The crowd grew restless as Barroso used superior footwork, fired a strike, then stepped away to safety throughout the stanza.
Oliveira, of Salvador, Brazil, struggled to initate any offense. He finally scored a takedown in the second round and seemed to even the bout with a little ground-and-pound. But Barroso again dominated the standup with two hard right hands, landing a takedown of his own to end the round — probably stealing it on the judges’ scorecards.
The two tired and struggled in the clinch for much of round three, with Barroso landing the stanza’s most significant strike with a knee to Oliveira’s head. A Barroso takedown in the middle of the round may have cinched the victory for the Nova União fighter.
The judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28, all in favor of Barroso, who is now 16-3 in his MMA career. Oliveira falls to 13-2.
Francimar Barroso defeats Ednaldo Oliveira by Unanimous Decision at UFC 163.