Raoni Barcelos

Brazil

Out
Injury Illness
Est. Return 3/22/2021
Tests positive for COVID-19
BantamweightUFC
Out
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.
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Needs new opponent
BantamweightUFC
Out
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
Out
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
Out
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.
Taking on Merab Dvalishvili
BantamweightUFC
Out
November 13, 2020
Barcelos is set to face Merab Dvalishvili in Las Vegas on Dec. 5, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dvalishvili had been scheduled to face Cody Stamann on that date, but Barcelos will step in after Stamann tested positive for COVID-19. Both fighters will be looking for their sixth straight UFC victory. For Barcelos, that represents the entirety of his career with the promotion, while lost his first two UFC fights before embarking on that streak.
High output leads to victory
BantamweightUFC
Out
November 7, 2020
Barcelos defeated Khalid Taha via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN+ 40 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Barcelos was effective with leg kicks early, landing a big upkick and multiple low kicks that took Taha off his feet. He backed Taha against the fence and unloaded several knees and combinations, but Taha connected with a slick counter to earn his respect. Barcelos then took the fight to the ground, sliding through the guard of Taha and maintaining control through multiple scrambles. Barcelos eventually got reversed, and after briefly attempting an armbar from his back, he returned to his feet where the two exchanged shots the rest of the way out. Barcelos widened his striking lead in the first half of Round 2, but also landed a big groin kick that halted the action roughly halfway through the frame. Barcelos went back to the kicking game upon the restart, but it was a huge left knee in the round's final moments that was the biggest shot of the fight. Taha barely made it to the bell, and Barcelos entered the third with plenty of momentum. He continued to lead the dance and was credited with a takedown, but Taha got back to his feet with two minutes remaining. While Barcelos started to tire a bit, he avoided the charging power shots of Taha and continued to connect. The fight ended with a flurry of exchanges, but Barcelos withstood the storm and went on to take a clear decision. The fact Barcelos isn't yet ranked speaks volume to the depth of the bantamweight division. He should get a ranked opponent his next time out. In the meantime, he'll get a $50,000 bonus after this showdown was rightfully awarded Fight of the Night honors.