Entering as a 5-to-1 underdog, Bryan Barberena knew he would be in for a rough night at UFC 198 vs. Warlley Alves.
But, behind a perfect game plan, Barberena earned his second straight win and ninth in his last 10 fights, handing Alves his first pro loss in the process.
Barberena (12-3) pushed his stock up the ladder with a January submission of Sage Northcutt, adding to a win over Joe Ellenberger in his Octagon debut. He was bested by Chad Laprise in 2015 via decision.
“I’m used to being the underdog,” he said. “One of these days, they’ll get it right. Until then, I’ll just keep doing it.”
Fighting Alves in his home country of Brazil, Barberena knew he would need to show enough on the scorecards if it went that far.
“I knew he was going to be tough,” he said. “He likes to push the pace, but I’m also really tough and I like to push the pace. I knew I was going to out-do him and put on a show.”