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Media Legend Pedro Rizzo vouches for Raoni Barcelos, says he's a top 5 BW right now

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  1. drbolony -El Styles-

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    “Taha is a very good kickboxer and has a strong overhand. I think he will try to avoid takedowns and try to knock out Raoni. Both are very explosive fighters, so it's going to be an interesting fight,” Rizzo said. “But I see Raoni with more tools to win [than his opponent]. Raoni today is a complete fighter. He was already a wrestling and jiu-jitsu champion and since 2008 he has been training kickboxing with me. Besides that he is always in great shape. Actually, if the fight was against the champion Petr Yan, Raoni would be ready
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    “I already worked with many great UFC fighters and I have no doubt to point to Raoni as the most intelligent and complete fighter I have ever worked with,”Rizzo said. “Unfortunately the UFC is having a hard time to find opponents for him. In this camp, for example, we had three changes in opponent. I truly hope that if he gets a fifth straight win, they will give him a ranked guy next.”

    “Nurmagomedov is a monster. He was 14 -1 when he faced Raoni. I have no doubt he would be a nightmare to any Top 5 fighters of the bantamweight division,” Rizzo said. “That's why I truly believe Raoni today would be able to beat any of the Top 5 ranked in that division. But, of course, a fight is a fight and anything can happen.”

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    Rizzo states Barcelos is ready for Yan today

    -Says Barcelos is the most intelligent and complete fighter he has worked with (coming from a man who's worked with Glover Teixeira).

    -Bases his opinion on what he's seen in the training room and Rizzo's high opinion of of Said Nurmagomedov, whom Barcelos defeated by UD. Rizzo believes Nurmagomedov gives the top 5 fits and Barcelos handled him with relative ease.

    I tend to agree based on his skill set (just watch this guy fight) and the fact that he has a hard time getting matched up.

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    Barcelos returns against Khalid Taha after a fight with Cody Stamman fell apart in March due to COVID.

    I personally want to see him fight Rivera or Assuncao, which is probably a stretch due to his lack of ranked wins, but it's not the dudes fault. Kind of in a Leo Santos situation, the man is 33 and isn't getting any younger. Age matters more the lighter you are in weight.
     
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    https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/P...nyone-UFC-Bantamweight-Divisions-Top-5-176023


    Thoughts? He has looked a beast imo. Underrated.

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    Whoops, didn't see this thread when I just made one! My bad.

    Yeah dudes a beast I would love to see more of him. Really exited to see him this weekend.
     
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    The same Batamweight division that has Yan, Aljo, Sandhagen, TJ, Moraes, Edgar, Garbrandt and Vera?

    We gon have to see bout that
     
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    He's looked great in the UFC and deserves a step up.
     
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    As i said already, BW is stacked right now. If he can go in and make a stamp, all power to him.
     
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    I didn't realise he was so old, to be honest. I always assumed he was some 25yr old prospect. He's very good but not elite, in my opinion. Definitely deserves to be fighting someone with name value, by now, though.
     
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    He's been training BJJ since he was 2! Got his Blackbelt at 20... Yet he mostly seems to want to just bang, spam a right hand 5 times in a row lol.. Fearless and aggressive as shit..

    His fight this weekend against Taha is a low key FOTN prospect.. I expect swinging hooks and then maybe a Raoni Submission win.
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    His striking needs to be cleaned up if he ever gets to fight Yan/Cody/TJ

    Otherwise the BW division is on fire.
     
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    Imo he is def. top 5 when it comes to his skills and talent. Its just a matter of time, his only problem will be to get higher ranked opponents so he can rise in the ranks.
     
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    Ya i hope Barcelos is smart and takes it to the ground since he has great takedowns and obviously great subs. But imo he is a lot better standing also, just Taha has a lot of power and if they are standing Taha will always have a chance to win... although pretty small.... Barcelos has a great chin also.
     
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    Yup you're bang on!

    Raoni <{JustBleed}> , fight i'm looking forward to most this weekend.
     
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    Too bad he wasn't younger.
     
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    Yeah, Barcelos is very good. Dealt with Said Nurmagomedov who's also very good. I expect him to make his mark on the rankings.
     
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    Raoni is BW Khabib. He got learn landslide grappling by papa
     
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    Barcelos seems like the prime example of a fighter who will age out of his prime before ever getting to fight anyone elite.
     
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    You good.

    Been keeping an eye on Barcelos?

    Word, I just want him to get a shot to prove it. Cody Stamman was a step in the right direction. Out of those guys I think Sandhagen is his toughest fight, based on what I see I give him a decent shot against everyone else. Moraes would be up there too, but he seems to have regressed since moving to ATT.

    You're right though, gonna have to show me.

    Definitely, he had a fight booked with Cody Stamman in March that fell apart when Covid started. That would've been his entry into the rankings and the fight that got more eyes on him imo. Tbh I vaguely remember his power not coming down with him to BW and I questioned by he made the move. He's 5'7, not the smallest FW, especially for his build. It's hard to go back and see though since it's hard to find tape on the guy.

    Tbf, he did that after hurting Holobaugh with a really clean left hook, super fast too. That said I'm not confident his power followed him to BW, guess we'll see this weekend. If not I'm hoping he pulls out the wrestling shoes and the Gi, BJJ since he was two!? Holy fuck, how is this guy not like a third degree black belt? I don't know much about grappling, but he does look extremely fluid on the ground.

    I honestly don't remember it being that bad and I'm a snob. It's hard to find tape in him so I could be be wrong, but he doesn't spam rights unless he has the guy hurt (see the Holobaugh fight). He has more of a MT style and I would like to see some more boxing, but from what I've seen he has great timing, accuracy, and speed.
    Don't you put that evil on him Ricky Bobby!
     
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