WSOF vet Elvis Mutapcic tapped as late replacement, makes UFC debut against Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night 81

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

WSOF vet Elvis Mutapcic has gotten a late call to enter the UFC, and he’s jumping up to light heavyweight to replace Abdul-Kerim Edilov against Francimar Barroso on Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 81 event in Boston, Mass.

Mutapcic, 29, is a 15-3 middleweight competitor out of Iowa, and he holds wins over UFC vets Zak Cummings, Cezar Mutante, and Sam Alvey. He split two appearances in the WSOF cage, dropping a decision to Jesse Taylor before earning one against Kelvin Tiller, and he most recently scored a submission win over Sean Huffman in June.

He was scheduled for a fight on an upcoming Victory FC event at middleweight before taking this booking on a week’s notice.

Mutapcic meets Barroso, who enters his fourth UFC bout with a 2-1 mark thus far in the Octagon. The Brazilian has fought sporadically since his debut in 2013, fighting once each in 2014 and 2015. He’s scored wins over Ednaldo Oliveira and Ryan Jimmo, sandwiching a split decision loss to Hans Stringer.

Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 81 event airs live on Fox Sports 1, headlined by the UFC Bantamweight Championship between T.J. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz.

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