Raoni Barcelos Pulled From Merab Dvalishvili Matchup at UFC on ESPN 19

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A hot
Ultimate Fighting Championship
prospect is not getting an
opportunity he hoped for after all.

Coach Ray Longo
first spoke
about the booking between Merab
(12-4) and Raoni
(16-1) at bantamweight at
UFC on ESPN 19
. At the time, Barcelos was stepping in for
, who pulled out for COVID-19 related reasons.
Dvalishvili posted on Twitter
on Thursday that the fight was off, but he claimed it was due to
rankings and the commission. MMA
has since clarified that this is not the case, but
rather that Barcelos is being kept out of action as he was
suspended following his bout with Khalid

The Nevada State Athletic Commission typically releases suspension
information for UFC events, but the Nov. 7 UFC on ESPN 17 event
that Barcelos competed at was not released. At the time, Barcelos’
suspension time is currently unknown, nor is whether the Brazilian
suffered an injury during his three-round battle with Taha. It is
also uncertain whether the promotion will keep Dvalishvili on the
event and find a replacement, or if he will be scheduled on a
subsequent card.

Barcelos extended his winning streak to nine with he took home a
thrilling decision win and a “Fight of the Night” bonus against
Taha in November. The Brazilian has yet to taste defeat inside the
Octagon, winning all five including stoppages in his first three.
The finishes came over Kurt
, Chris
and Carlos
, and since those, he has scored decision wins over
and the aforementioned Taha.

Dvalishvili has also won his last five UFC bouts, but all five have
come by unanimous verdict. Before the quintet of 15-minute nods,
the Georgian lost his first two inside the Octagon. First, Frankie
won a
split decision over him, and then Ricky Simon
put him to sleep at the final bell. Simon’s technical submission
guillotine choke is the latest possible stoppage in any UFC
non-title fight, and it remains the lone stoppage loss for “The
Machine.” Dvalishvili has racked up wins over names like John Dodson,
and Brad Katona
since joining the roster.

UFC on ESPN 19 goes down on Dec. 5 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas,
with a headliner pitting Jack
against late replacement Kevin
at middleweight. An additional significant matchup on
the card sees former light heavyweight title challenger Ovince St.
try to become the first man to defeat Jamahal

This article first appeared at Recent News on

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