Caio Barralho defends performance at UFC Vegas 58: ‘I’m not going to just brawl and be a dumb fighter’


Caio Baralho was thrilled by his performance at UFC Vegas 58 despite what anyone else may have to say.

Barralho won a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Armen Petrosyan during Saturday’s co-main fight at UFC APEX. “The Natural” picked up his 11th straight victory and improved to 2-0 inside the octagon by using a grappling heavy approach, much to the chagrin of many fans who tuned in.

Regardless, Barralho is walking away with a second paycheck, and that’s just fine with him.

“I’m so happy,” Barralho told reporters backstage at the APEX. I did the job, and that is what counts. It’s my fourth fight in 10, fourth at high level and fourth [with a] win.

” I feel blessed. I accomplished what was necessary. My performance was satisfactory. I’m a fighting nerd, I will calculate everything and I will do what I need to do to win the fight. I won’t just fight and become a stupid fighter. No, I’m a fighting nerd and it’s bully payback time.”

Following the win, Barralho spoke to Michael Bisping and called out Dricus Du Plessis, who picked up a unanimous decision victory in his own right a week prior at UFC 276. Barralho is open to the challenge of fighting a top -15 fighter and wants it on a major card.

“I don’t have anything against the guy,” Barralho said. “I know that I can beat him. He’s ranked right now and I want [to fight] him.

” I’m up for any challenge and will be on the main stage at a pay per view card. You guys know I can sell fights. I can talk and I can win. That is what really matters