In the second fight of the UFC 163 Facebook prelims, Francimar Barroso (16-3) picked up a unanimous decision over Ednaldo Oliveira (13-2-1, 1 NC). Barroso got the win in his UFC debut. This was Oliveira's second fight in the UFC and his first in the Light Heavyweight division.
The 15 minute affair was far from the most exciting fight of the night. Barroso took the match on only two weeks notice. He made the most of his opportunity as he outworked Oliveira through all three rounds. Ednaldo had some success with ground and pound in round 2, but inexplicably let Barroso back up after landing the strikes. Barroso's mix of strikes at range early in the fight and control in the clinch and on the ground got him the nod on all 3 judges' cards.
What was the high point of the fight?
After giving up the first round, Oliveira looked like he was going to turn it around a minute into round 2. He put Barroso on his back with a leg catch and a straight right, but allowed Francimar to stand up after landing ground strikes.
Where do they go from here?
A lackluster decision probably isn't how Barroso really wanted to make his mark in his first UFC fight. However, an ugly win is still better than an exciting loss. He should probably look to bring more action in his next outing, but it's hard to fault him when he only had a couple weeks' notice.
After giving up a standing guillotine to Gabriel Gonzaga in his UFC debut, I was surprised Oliveira got a second chance at all here. Now that he's lost in a new division, it's hard to see them bringing him back for a third showing.
Watch it now, later, or never?
I wouldn't waste my time. It's not the worst fight by any means, but it was an unspectacular performance from two unspectacular fighters.