Raoni Barcelos


Looking for ninth straight win
January 29, 2020
Barcelos will face Cody Stamann at UFC Columbus on March 28, MMAFighting.com reports.
Barcelos has won all four of his UFC fights to date and has an eight-fight winning streak overall. He most recently defeated Said Nurmagomedov in December. Stamann has a 4-1-1 record with the UFC, though he's won just one of his last three fights.
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Stays undefeated with UFC
December 23, 2019
Barcelos defeated Said Nurmagomedov via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN+ 23 on Saturday in Busan, South Korea.
Barcelos was bested by Nurmagomedov in the striking department (at least statistically), but he used his grappling to record two takedowns and four passes en route to the victory. Barcelos landed more significant strikes to the legs than any other area, and that accrued damage allowed him to get stronger as the fight went on. With the victory, the 32-year-old improves to 4-0 under the UFC banner.
Re-books fight against Nurmagomedov
December 3, 2019
Barcelos will take on Said Nurmagomedov in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Busan on Dec. 21, MMAFighting.com reports.
Barcelos was originally supposed to face Nurmagomedov at UFC 237 on May 11, but Nurmagomedov ended up withdrawing and Barcelos instead squared off with Carlos Huachin. It was a fight Barcelos won handily via second-round TKO after leading in the striking battle 59-to-20 leading up to that moment. That was the third stoppage in three UFC fights for Barcelos, who will get a step up in competition against a rolling Nurmagomedov. The two both offer high-volume striking, but over a short sample size, Nurmagomedov appears to absorb quite a bit less punishment. We'll see if that holds up when the cage doors close on this pair of prospects.
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.
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.