Raoni Barcelos is on the hunt for a ranked opponent after winning an absolute brawl with Khalid Taha at UFC Vegas 13
When he returns home to Brazil, Barcelos will likely suffer from pain in his hands and feet after inflicting a lot of punishments in three rounds, but Taha simply refused to leave In the end, Barcelos still earned his fifth straight UFC victory after all three judges scored the fight 30-27 in his favor
« This fight was a war », explained Barcelos « I couldn’t have my dad around, my trainer Pedro Rizzo couldn’t come But I’m so happy I won the victory I knew it ‘was a good striker but I was ready for anything «
There was no period of delirium with Barcelos attacking Taha aggressively as soon as he was released from the corner Barcelos established a nasty early kick that saw him put Taha on the canvas several times during the first round
Once he got comfortable on the toes, Barcelos really started throwing successive punches as well as a brutal series of knees after locking his hands behind Taha’s head. Just when it looked like he was going to overwhelm Taha, the German fighter started punching back and two of them connected flush, forcing Barcelos to back down.
Avoiding wild trades as the fight progressed allowed Barcelos to maintain largely in control as he focused on taking down Taha with those leg kicks and then coming back up. punches The constant pressure paid off with a few seconds remaining in the second round as Barcelos rocked Taha with a punch and he followed it up with a huge knee strike and barrage of punches that nearly won him the arrival
Saved by the Bell !? Barcelos takes the start at the end of the round! # UFCVegas13 photoTwittercom / jXwkLgDbHl
Time passed before he could pull Taha away, but it wasn’t long before Barcelos used a similar strategy at the start of the third and final round. Despite absorbing a lot of damage, Taha was happy to take a shot to retaliate with one of his own and he kept coming until the fight was over.
The 15-minute war put both men to the test, but Barcelos was definitely the most dominant fighter, which helped him secure the victory by unanimous decision
With a 16-1 overall record, including an unbeaten run so far in his UFC career, Barcelos is hoping to have a ranked opponent in his next fight as he seeks to dive into the depths of ‘a dangerous bantamweight division
“I don’t like to ask too much,” Barcelos said of what he wants next “I think I’ve done enough to be in the top 5, top 10″
Ultimate Fighting Championship, Raoni Barcelos, Thiago Santos, Mixed Martial Arts, Andrei Arlovski
World news – USA – UFC Vegas 13 results: Raoni Barcelos wants a ranked opponent after winning the slugfest with Khalid Taha
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