Raulian Paiva

Brazil

Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 12/1/2020
Undergoing knee surgery
FlyweightUFC
Out
September 12, 2020
Paiva is set to undergo surgery on his ACL and will no longer fight Amir Albazi on October 31, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
It's not clear how long the Brazilian will be sidelined, but ACL procedures generally require eight to 12 months of recovery time. Paiva has gone 2-2 since signing his UFC contract in August of 2018.
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Facing Albazi in October
FlyweightUFC
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August 18, 2020
Paiva (20-3-0) is scheduled to face Amir Albazi (13-1-0) in a flyweight fight set for Oct. 31 at the UFC event in Las Vegas, Marcelo Barone of GloboEsporte.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Paiva has gone 2-2 since earning a UFC contract in August 2018 via Dana White's Contender Series, with both of the victories coming in his last two fights. He'll have his work cut out for him in his matchup with Albazi, who defeated Malcolm Gordon via triangle choke in his promotional debut back on July 18.
Wins after missing weight
FlyweightUFC
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July 11, 2020
Paiva defeated Zhalgas Zhumagulov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 251 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It was a pretty underwhelming performance for Paiva considering he missed weight by three pounds on Friday. This was a close, back-and-forth affair that could have gone either way. Paiva started quickly before fading. He appeared to have a significant speed advantage in the early going, but Zhumagulov quietly worked his way back into the fight. When all was said and done, Zhumagulov finished with a 73-56 edge in total strikes landed. To Pavia's credit, his takedown defense held up. He allowed just two successful attempts on eleven tries for Zhumagulov and that may very well have earned him the decision. Whether or not he actually deserved it is another matter entirely. The Brazilian is a talented fighter, but he needs to get his weight cut under control before he can be taken seriously at flyweight. His UFC record improves to 2-2.
Still fighting at UFC 251
FlyweightUFC
Out
July 10, 2020
Paiva will still face Zhalgas Zhumagulov in a flyweight matchup at UFC 251 on Saturday despite missing weight by three pounds, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Paiva weighed in at 129 pounds on Friday morning, three pounds over the flyweight limit for a non-title fight. The fight will still go on as planned, but Paiva will forfeit 20 percent of his fight purse to Zhumagulov to compensate for the miss. Paiva remains a betting favorite of approximately (-170) as of early Friday morning.
Comes in three pounds heavy
FlyweightUFC
Out
July 10, 2020
Paiva weighed in at 129 pounds Friday for his scheduled flyweight matchup against Zhalgas Zhumagulov, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This is a bad miss for Paiva, who checked in three pounds over the flyweight limit for a non-title fight. With just over an hour remaining for weigh-ins, it's unclear if this fight will proceed with Paiva forfeiting a percentage of his fight purse. His opponent has since weighed in successfully, making the flyweight limit of 126 pounds. Paiva is currently listed as a (-175) betting favorite for the matchup, should it proceed as scheduled.
Coach tests positive
FlyweightUFC
Out
July 1, 2020
Paiva's head coach Ronildo Nobre has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not corner him for his UFC 251 matchup against Zhaigas Zhumagulov, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Despite the positive test from one of the regular members of his camp, Paiva himself has tested negative and has already been cleared to travel to Abu Dhabi, per his manager. It seems his management team has taken precaution to "pre-test" several of the Brazil-based fighters headed for Yas Island, with some notables including Jessica Andrade and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. All of those fighters have came back clean so far. Paiva sits as a (-185) betting favorite for his UFC 251 bout with the event 10 days away.