There are numerous Brazilians who have set the UFC alight with their own unique blend of style. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet a bantamweight fire fist who is quietly rounding into form with the keenness of an assassin for the division. A professional since March 2012 and representing Rizzo RVT, Raoni Barcelos owns a 13-1 record in 14 career bouts as a professional comprised of seven knockouts, four decisions and two submissions. Prior to making his debut appearance with the UFC in 2018, Barcelos competed with Resurrection Fighting Alliance. He has achieved one Fight of the Night bonus thus far in his tenure with the UFC.
In his MMA debut at Shooto Brazil 28, he defeated Vitor Riso via TKO in the first round. Barcelos defeated his next five opponents that included victories over Joao Herdy Jr and Fabricio Batista. Then in his debut appearance with Resurrection Fighting Alliance at RFA 11, he defeated Tyler Toner via unanimous decision. For his next outing with Resurrection Fighting Alliance at RFA 23, Barcelos knocked out Jamal Parks in the first round. In the main event of RFA 29, he defeated Ricky Musgrave via unanimous decision. For the headliner of RFA 39, Barcelos faced submission specialist Bobby Moffett and defeated him via unanimous decision. In his final appearance with Resurrection Fighting Alliance, he faced Dan Moret in the co-main event of RFA 45 and knocked him out in the second round.
In his debut outing with the UFC at UFN 133 that marked the UFC’S first trip to Idaho, Barcelos faced Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series season one alumni Kurt Holobaugh and knocked him out in the third round to earn his first Fight of the Night bonus. The win also earned Barcelos the seventh knockout victory of his professional career. At The Ultimate Fighter season 28 finale, he submitted Chris Gutierrez in round two via rear naked choke to secure back to back UFC wins. With the dangerous versatility that has been showcased in his first two UFC appearances, Barcelos is showing the UFC why he is the next Brazilian super talent!