No.7: Bryan Barberena vs. Warlley Alves
TUF Brazil Season 3 winner Warlley Alves marked himself out as a force to be reckoned with when he compiled a four-fight winning start to his UFC career, taking his overall career record to a flawless 10-0.
On the other hand, there wasn’t nearly as much hype behind Bryan Barberena heading into their fight at UFC 198 in May, with ‘Bam Bam’ having compiled a 2-1 UFC record at the time and was coming off a win over the relatively green Sage Northcutt.
As such, the general consensus was that Barberena was just another stepping-stone for Alves and the Brazilian closed as a whopping –650 favorite to emerge victorious.
Barberena had other plans though and produced one of the biggest underdog stories of the year as he showcased his toughness to survive an early storm from Alves and then outworked his opponent in the rounds that followed to emerge with a unanimous decision victory.