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Midnight Mania! Merab Dvalishvili vs. Raoni Barcelos targeted for December 5

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There are no easy paths up the 135-pound ladder.

Per a report from MMAFighting, surging Bantamweight up-and-comers Merab Dvalishvili and Raoni Barcelos will collide on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at UFC Vegas 16 from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Less than a week ago, Barcelos stepped into the cage and battered Khalid Taha, improving his UFC win streak to five and improving his overall record to 16-1. The talented Brazilian is extremely decorated on the mat yet has also demonstrated nasty kickboxing with real knockout power.

Already in his mid-30s, the talent on display from Barcelos made it imperative that UFC awarded him a step up in competition. This fight is just that, as his opponent is the 12th-ranked Bantamweight contender.

Dvalishvili should understand Barcelos’ problem as a divisional dark horse. The Georgian “Machine” has won five straight himself, recently dominating John Dodson to finally break into the rankings. He was set for another chance to climb the ladder against Cody Stamann, but a back injury nixed that bout.

Only one talent can move forward in a talent-rich division. Who ya’ got?


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