Raoni Barcelos
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.
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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.
Next weekend's fight called off
October 20, 2017
Barcelos will not fight against Boston Salmon at UFC Fight Night 119 on October 28 due to the latter's knee injury.
Salmon was forced to withdraw from the bout, and may need to undergo surgery for his left knee. For Barcelos, this means he will have to wait even longer to compete, since the UFC won't be adding an opponent to take Salmon's place. Barcelos hasn't fought in over a year now, and at this point in time, there isn't anything official on the horizon.
Added to UFC Sao Paulo
October 10, 2017
Barcelos will face Boston Salmon in a bantamweight fight at UFC Fight Night 119 on October 28 in Sao Paulo, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Barcelos currently holds the featherweight title in the RFA with an 11-1 record. He will step into the UFC Octagon for the first time with a four-fight winning streak. However, the Brazilian hasn't fought in a full year and faces the possibility of ring rust against a new level of competition with this promotion. Barcelos will be replacing the injured Augusto Mendes in this fight.