UFC Fight Night on June 26 Gets Raoni Barcelos-Timur Valiev Bantamweight Showdown

By: Tristen Critchfield
Apr 4, 2021


Raoni Barcelos will clash with Timur Valiev in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on June 26.

ESPN was first to report the pairing. UFC Fight Night takes place at an as yet to be announced location and is headlined by a heavyweight tilt between Alexander Volkov and Ciryl Gane.

Barcelos was supposed to compete at UFC Fight Night 186 on Feb. 26 but was forced to withdraw from the event after testing positive for COVID-19. The former Resurrection Fighting Alliance title holder is currently on a nine-bout professional winning streak that includes five triumphs in UFC competition. Most recently, he outpointed Khalid Taha at UFC on ESPN 17.

Valiev, meanwhile, is unbeaten in his last eight professional appearances, but only because an upset loss to Trevin Jones at UFC on ESPN 15 was overturned to a no contest after his opponent failed a drug test. The former World Series of Fighting and Professional Fighters League competitor rebounded to score a unanimous decision victory against Martin Day in his second promotional appearance at UFC Fight Night 184 on Feb. 8.

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