Raoni Barcelos

Brazil

Tough break in FOTN
BantamweightUFC
June 27, 2021
Barcelos lost to Timur Valiev via majority decision (28-28, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Vegas 30 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
This was a close fight the entire way that ultimately earned both men $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses, though it's Barcelos that comes away with a loss on his record. Round 1 seemed to Valiev, who had an 18 to 12 advantage in significant strikes landed. Round 2 was overwhelmingly in favor of Barcelos -- enough for judge Mike Bell to give him the 10-8 round despite only landing seven more significant strikes than his opponent. This was what ultimately led to the "majority decision" reading. Round 3 was airtight, and while Valiev again had the volume edge, some might argue that Barcelos landed the more powerful shots. It will still go down as a loss that will snap a five-fight winning streak to start his UFC run. A win as a -225 favorite might have been enough for Barcelos to crack the rankings in a tough, 135-pound division, but now it's back to the drawing board.
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Taking on Valiev in June
BantamweightUFC
April 4, 2021
Barcelos (illness) will fight Timur Valiev on June 26, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Barcelos withdrew from his last fight due to a positive COVID-19 test, but he'll be healthy to re-enter the Octagon in June. The 35-year-old Barcelos is a perfect 5-0 at the UFC level, while Valiev is 1-0-0, though he has a no contest on his record as well.
Tests positive for COVID-19
BantamweightUFC
February 22, 2021
Barcelos (illness) has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not participate Saturday in his bantamweight fight versus Marcelo Rojo at UFC Fight Night 186 in Las Vegas, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Barcelos will need to gain full clearance before returning to the Octagon, and as a result Rojo will need to find a new opponent. This is tough news continuing for Barcelos, who was initially set to fight Raphael Assuncao late February before his opponent withdrew.
Needs new opponent
BantamweightUFC
February 2, 2021
Barcelos needs a new opponent for his next fight after Raphael Assuncao withdrew for undisclosed reasons Monday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Barcelos has had quite a run of bad luck lately, with four of his last seven scheduled matchups getting canceled. He was set to face Assuncao on Feb. 27, so there's presumably still time for the UFC to find him a replacement.
Set to return in February
BantamweightUFC
December 18, 2020
Barcelos (suspension) will face Raphael Assuncao in a bantamweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 27, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Barcelos was removed from his scheduled fight for Dec. 5 due to an issue related to a suspension from his last fight, but he should be ready to return in late February. He most recently defeated Khalid Taha via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN+ 40 in early November. Assuncao lost to Cody Garbrandt via KO (punch) at UFC 250 in June and looked completely outmatched in the fight. Barcelos has a height advantage, but Assuncao has a slight advantage in reach.
Removed from upcoming fight
BantamweightUFC
November 19, 2020
Barcelos was removed from his upcoming fight against Merab Dvalishvili due to an issue regarding a suspension from his last fight, John Morgan of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Barcelos was initially scheduled to fight Dec. 5, but the Nevada Athletic Commission removed him from the card due to a suspension from his Nov. 7 victory. The details of the suspension aren't yet known, and it's unclear when he could return to the Octagon. The promotion will likely seek a new opponent for Dvalishvili.