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Raoni Barcelos vs. Timur Valiev set for June 26 UFC event – MMA Root

One of the best lightweight athletes could soon complete his unbeaten streak.

MMA Fighting has been confirmed by sources with knowledge of the match that Raoni Barcelos (16-1) and Timur Valiev (17-2, 1 NC) will fight in the bantamweight category at the June 26 UFC event, with a venue yet to be determined. after the initial report ESPN

This will be Barcelos’ first fight in 2021. The Brazilian, who distinguished himself, has failed three of his past fights. He withdrew from a fight against Merab Dvalishvili in December after the Nevada Athletic Commission allowed him to compete (Barcelos tried to quickly turn things around after beating Khalid Taha in November) and then saw the February fight with Rafael Assuncao change when Assunkao withdrew from the competition, as it was not disclosed. the reasons. Barcelos then pulled out of a fight with replaced Marcelo Rojo after testing positive for COVID-19.

Barcelos has won nine straight fights, including a 5-0 flawless start to his UFC career.

Valiev won his last outing, a unanimous nod by decision over Martin Day at UFC Fight Night in February. His other UFC appearance was originally a TKO defeat to Trevin Jones, but it was canceled when Jones later tested positive for marijuana. Without taking into account the competition, Valiev won seven bouts in a row.

It is reported that the June 26 UFC will host a heavyweight fight between Cyril Gein and Alexander Volkov.

Alexander K. Lee contributed to this report.

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