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After recovering from a case of COVID-19 that resulted in his exit
from UFC Fight Night 186 on Feb. 26, Raoni
Barcelos
is back to training and wants to return to the Octagon
as soon as possible.

Barcelos, who was won his last five bouts in the promotion, was
impressed with Sean Malley’s performance against Thomas
Almeida
at UFC 260 this past Saturday. The Brazilian went
straight to Twitter to call out the Contender Series alum, tagging
UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby in the
process.

“We have the same numbers of wins in UFC (5),” Barcelos told
Sherdog.com. “The only difference is that he already has one loss
in the middle.”

Barcelos believes O’Malley is one of the most impressive prospects
in the 135-pound division, and he believes a fight between them
could decide a future contender. Ideally, Barcelos said he would
like to face O’Malley at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Fla., on April
24.

“No doubt he is a phenomenal striker, but I would like to see how
he deals with a complete fighter [who puts him against the cage and
on the ground],” Barcelos said. “Every time he is taken down, I see
him a little bit desperate. I see myself taking him down and
submitting him before the end of the fight.”


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