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Francimar Barroso makes weight, ready to replace ‘Shogun’ Rua or Ovince St. Preux at UFC Fight Night 56

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UBERLANDIA, Brazil -- Francimar Barroso replaced injured Rafael Cavalcante against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 56, but Jimi Manuwa’s injury left him without an opponent for Saturday night’s card, as OSP was moved to the main event to face Mauricio Rua.

However, Barroso went on, stepped on the scale and made weight at 205 pounds.

UFC officials told MMAFighting.com after the official weigh-ins at the Tancredo Neves gymnasium in Uberlandia, Brazil, that Barroso was asked to cut weight despite the fact that he wouldn’t compete on Saturday night, so they could pay him his show money.

"Shogun" vs. OSP is the only light heavyweight bout on the card, and Barroso will replace either fighter if something happens before Saturday night’s event.

A similar situation recently happened at UFC 177, when Joe Soto was moved from a preliminary bout to replace Renan Barao against UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw in the main event, after the challenger passed out while cutting weight.