UFC Fight Night 107 winner Francimar Barroso dreams of fighting big names at 205

LONDON With the chapter of his career involving Darren Stewart finally over (we think), Francimar Barroso said he’s ready to move on to bigger and better in the UFC light-heavyweight division.After fighting Stewart (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to a no-contest due to an accidental head-butt at UFC Fight Night 100 in November, Barroso (19-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) won the rematch on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 107 when he outworked his opponent fora unanimous-decision victory.
Although Barroso seemed to behaving success in the first fight before the foul ended it prematurely, he said the 94 seconds of octagon experience with Stewart played a huge role in the second bout.
“The first fight, he surprised me; he came like crazy,” Barroso told MMAjunkie through an interpreter after Saturday’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed event. “So of course that helped me prepare for this fight. I was already expecting everything. Everything I trained for was exactly how it happened in the fight. I’m much better prepared now.”
It wasn’t the flashiest of showings, but Barroso’s effort was solid. He landed seven takedowns in the 15-minute bout and avoided putting himself in any truly dangerous situations.
With four UFC wins to his credit, Barroso hopes his latest performance will push him another step closer to the top of the 205-pound division. The competition gets stiffer, and the margin for error shrinks when that happens, but Barroso said he deserves a chance.
“I dream about that every day to fight those tops guys,” Barroso said. “That’s what I’ve trained for. No matter who comes, I will be ready to fight anyone. That’s my dream. I always think about the belt, it’s always a dream, and I will always be ready.”
Barroso didn’tmention a specific name in his weight class who interests him, but a matchup with a notable foe is ideal. He hopes that happens soon; at 37, taking the slow and steady approach seems like a counterproductive strategy.
“It’s a big motivation to me to be able to one day fight those guys,” Barroso said. “That’s what my coaches want for me, as well to fight the best.”For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 107, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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