In a bantamweight bout on the main card of UFC Vegas 13, Raoni Barcelos will take on Khalid Taha Saturday in Las Vegas, and available on ESPN+.
The 33-year-old Barcelos walks into the UFC APEX with an overall record of 15-1. This is his first UFC bout in 2020. He was supposed to fight Cody Stammen earlier this year, but the entire event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The last time we saw Barcelos fight was at UFC Fight Night 165 in Dec. 2019. The veteran fighter defeated Said Nurmagomedov by unanimous decision. Before that fight, Barcelos won by TKO at UFC 237 on May 29. The 33-year-old beat Carlos Huachin with elbows and punches in Round 2.
Barcelos is a multi-dimensional fighter, landing 4.79 strikes per minute with a 50 percent striking accuracy. He also absorbs a significant amount of strikes per minute at 4.46, while his defense is at 64 percent. He is also good at grappling with a 2.31 takedown average per 15 minutes and 58 percent takedown accuracy.
Taha is coming into the octagon with an overall record of 13-2 (1 NC). The 28-year-old from Germany will be fighting in his first UFC match this year as he’s coming off a one-year suspension. Taha was suspended last year in October for testing positive for furosemide.
Before that suspension, “The Warrior” Taha received a no-contest against Bruno Silva at UFC 243 in October 2019. That being said, his last win happened in April 2019 at UFC 236 against Boston Salmon. He defeated Salmon by KO (punches) in Round 1 at 25 seconds. Unlike his opponent, Taha doesn’t land many strikes per minute at 2.64. He also has a striking accuracy of 50 percent and absorbs fewer strikes per minute at 2.29. Furthermore, Taha is not a good defender with a defense percentage of 45.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Raoni Barcelos vs. Khalid Taha at UFC Vegas 13 on November 7th.
Money line odds
Raoni Barcelos: -400
Khalid Taha: +295
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