Just one of the longest layoffs of Raoni Barcelos’ MMA profession eventually finishes Saturday, when the Brazilian bantamweight prospect faces Khalid Taha in the key card of UFC Vegas 13 at the UFC APEX.
Barcelos hasn’t competed due to the fact December 2019, when he handed Reported Nurmagomedov his very first octagon defeat to increase to 4- in the marketing. A protege under Pedro Rizzo in Rio de Janeiro, Barcelos was booked to experience Cody Stamann in a single of the numerous playing cards canceled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic back again in March.
Victorious in his final 8 MMA bouts—winning and defending the Resurrection Combating Alliance featherweight title in the process—Barcelos is “ready to go in there and get the research done” in spite of not dealing with somebody in the top rated-15, which was his prepare from the get-go.
“I was heading to struggle a best-10 following my combat with Said, but regrettably the battle did not materialize. We ended up waiting around for a leading-10,” Barcellos mentioned in an job interview with MMA Preventing. “This struggle will materialize and I’m happy about it, but, with almost everything going my way, I can talk to for a prime-10 or best-5 upcoming and prove to myself that I can combat the greatest and a person day become the champion of this excess weight course.”
Taha, his opponent Saturday night, has a blended file in a few octagon appearances with just one win, 1 decline and a no contest, the latter courtesy of a unsuccessful drug take a look at pursuing a combat with Bruno Silva. That doesn’t suggest, having said that, that Barcelos expects an quick night in the place of work.
“Everybody in the UFC is a excellent athlete,” he claimed. “The position is just a number, numerous persons exterior the top-15 has what it normally takes to get there, my situation integrated. Khalid is quite hard, intense, and it’ll be a wonderful combat.”
That said, Barcelos hopes that these outlined amid the 15 most effective in the division concur to share the cage with him in 2021.
“I have no question that these in the rankings truly are scared to get pitfalls,” Barcelos explained, “But these outside the house (the major-15) want to be in there to be noticed by Sean Shelby, Dana (White) and the rest of the world. Many individuals by no means viewed me in the UFC, and UFC admirers will have the option to see me now. I can set on a great displaying in there to battle the best there.”
Barcelos believes that “just showing my perform inside the cage” will be plenty of to get observed by the lovers, but promises to have a title to simply call out in his submit-combat job interview. “I’ll show what I can do and, if probable, get the finish. I’m likely immediately after the knockout, but I’ll tap him if he makes a slip-up.”