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Boston, Massachusetts: Francimar Barroso used a mix of grappling and effective counters to earn a unanimous decision over the short-notice replacement Elvis Mutapcic for the first bout of the UFC Fight Night 81 card.
UFC Fight Night 81 was held on January 17, 2016 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Francimar Barroso vs. Elvis Mutapcic took place on the preliminary portion of the card which aired on UFC Fight Pass.
Round 1: Barroso immediately throws a right hook to start off the bout. Mutapcic evades and throws a range-finding body kick. Mutapcic throws another set of kicks but misses as Barroso is backpeddling. Barroso throws another heavy right hand and steps away briefly before shooting a takedown, landing in Mutapcic’s guard. Mutapcic lands some elbows off his back and closes his guard. Barroso cannot make much of the takedown and with two minutes remaining Mutapcic is still controlling the full-guard. As the round ends, Barroso gets to his feet after being unable to control Mutapcic from the top.
Round 2: With the second round beginning, Mutapcic resumes an aggressive stance, with Barroso landing a heavy body-kick on the backfoot. Mutapcic is seemingly unphased and continues to march forward with striking feints. Barroso is landing with leg kick counters and a pair of counter left hands. The match is briefly called to time as Mutapcic’s mouthpiece falls out. As the brawl resumes, Mutapcic pushes forward but is eating more counters than anything. Barroso goes for a single at the 1:30 mark but cannot advance further, and Mutapcic lands a good right hand to punish. ‘The King’ loses his mouthpiece once again, and is starting to bleed under the right eye. With twenty seconds left, Barroso fails another takedown attempt and the second frame is called to a close.
Round 3: Barroso fakes a takedown attempt, but Mutapcic is having none of it. The Brazilian eats another counter and falls while trying to fire back with a left elbow strike. Mutapcic is throwing more this round than the previous two, but his landing percentage is quite low. Mutapcic’s mouthpiece falls out once again, and the crowd vocalizes displeasure. Mutapcic starts to increase his pace once again, and connects with a couple of left hands. Barroso is trying to grapple and control his opponent but looks to be exhausted, running off fumes. With two minutes left in the fight, Mutapcic whiffs a left kick and lands a series of boxing combinations against the tired Barroso. Barroso snaps back with a body kick and a looping left hand, but his back is against the cage. Mutapcic jumps in, but Barroso reverses the situation into a clinch. As the fight ends, Mutapcic breaks away but it is too late to do much more.
Official Result: Francimar Barroso def. Elvis Mutapcic via unanimous decision (30-27 29-28 29-27)
Francimar Barroso improves to 18-4 as Elvis Mutapcic drops down to 15-4.