Raoni Barcelos


Comes through as massive favorite
May 11, 2019
Barcelos defeated Carlos Huachin via TKO (strikes) at 4:49 of Round 2 at UFC 237 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
While Barcelos didn't look like the (-1000) favorite he entered as for most of the bout, the end result was the victory most everyone expected. It took the Brazilian a round to find the range against his late-notice opponent, but once he did, he went about pounding the unsuspecting Huachin with combinations en route to the stoppage win. Barcelos is now riding a seven-fight win streak, three of which have come under the UFC banner. The company needs to give the 32-year-old a quality opponent next time out.
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New opponent at UFC 237
May 1, 2019
Barcelos will now take on Carlos Huachin in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 237 on May 11, as his original opponent, Said Nurmagomedov, was forced to withdraw due to injury, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
It's a difficult proposition to take a fight on less than two weeks' notice, but Barcelos should still enter a favorite, as he has some UFC-caliber competition (2-0 with the promotion). Huachin has put together a 10-3-1 record through various South America-based promotions, and was a great short-notice candidate, as he won't have to deal with visa issues that other fighters might run into.
Booked for UFC 237
March 18, 2019
Barcelos will take on Said Nurmagomedov in a bantamweight bout at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro on May 11, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
While Barcelos is a veteran fighter at 31 years old, he just signed with the UFC promotion in mid-2018. He is, however, 2-0 in his first two fights since then and most recently defeated Chris Gutierrez via submission at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale back in November. Overall, Barcelos boasts an impressive 13-1 record and hasn't dropped a fight since 2014, giving his six consecutive victories.
Puts on grappling clinic in victory
November 30, 2018
Barcelos defeated Chris Gutierrez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:12 of Round 2 at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas on Friday.
Barcelos appeared to be having a bit of trouble with the movement of his opponent early but was able to ground Gutierrez and rain down shots before a slick back take led to the end of the fight. Barcelos was known for his fast hands and power on the regional scene but is a decorated BJJ practitioner as well, which could make him someone to watch going forward. His record improves to 13-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Stops Kurt Holobaugh in UFC debut Saturday
July 14, 2018
Barcelos defeated Kurt Holobaugh via TKO (punches) at 1:29 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Boise, Idaho.
Barcelos displayed an excellent all-around game in his UFC debut. The 31-year-old connected on 3-of-4 takedown attempts in addition to landing countless power shots including a vicious one-two combination that turned Holobaugh's lights out early in Round 3. Barcelos has a ton of power in his hands (seven career wins via KO) and he showed that on Saturday. He is a fighter to keep an eye on moving forward.
Added to Boise card
June 17, 2018
Barcelos will take on Kurt Holobaugh in a featherweight matchup at UFC Boise on July 14, MMAFighting.com reports.
Barcelos was originally supposed to make his UFC debut at UFC Sao Paulo last October, but that fight was called off after his scheduled opponent suffered a knee injury. He'll be pinned against Holobaugh this time around -- a fighter that is 0-2 in the UFC/Strikeforce but sports a 17-4 professional record. Barcelos was once the featherweight champion under the Resurrection Fighting Alliance banner, though he's never cracked the top-50 in the FightMatrix featherweight rankings.