For the average UFC fan who’s not in tune with the Brazilian market, the name Raoni Barcelos might not immediately ring a bell. A lifelong competitor born to a jiu-jitsu master, Barcelos has long been a fixture on prospects-to-watch lists. As he patiently waited for the UFC to call, holding an 11-1 record and RFA’s featherweight belt, he already counted on the enthusiastic endorsement of legends like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Jose Aldo. Now, two fights – and two finish wins – into his octagon career, Barcelos scored a much-wanted opportunity to compete in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro. Other than performing in front of his family and friends at UFC 237, he’ll get do it alongside Aldo, Nogueira’s twin brother “Lil Nog” and Anderson Silva.
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