UFC books Randy Brown – Cowboy Oliveira

The UFC is finalizing a good welterweight matchup for their February 27th card. Combate was first to report that the promotion was finalizing a matchup between Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira (22-9-1, 2 NC) and Randy Brown (12-4).

For Randy Brown, he will be trying to right the wrong of his last trip inside the octagon. Brown saw his two-fight UFC winning streak snapped at the hands of Vicente Luque back in August.

Had Brown won that fight, he would have likely shot up in the UFC‘s welterweight rankings. However, Luque was able to stop Brown in the second round with a knee and a flurry of punches behind it.

It’s crazy to think but Randy Brown was one of the first fighters discovered on Dana White’s Looking for a Fight. Brown made his UFC debut in 2016. Since making his octagon debut, Brown has gone 6-4.

Brown has had some high moments like defeating Mickey Gall and finishing Warlley Alves. However, he seems to have struggled when the UFC has given him top level competition. He’s fallen to Luque, Niko Price, and Belal Muhammad.

UFC Welterweight Matchup

In his next bout, Brown will be taking on the seasoned veteran Cowboy Oliveira. Oliveira made his UFC debut back in 2015 and he’s fought 19 times since making his debut with the promotion.

In those 19 fights, Oliveira has gone 11-7, 1 NC. Oliveira has some quality wins against the likes of Carlos Condit, Tim Means, Will Brooks, and Max Griffin. However, Oliveira has come up short against top competition like Cowboy Cerrone, Mike Perry, and Gunner Nelson.

Like Brown, Oliveira had a two-fight winning streak going into his last UFC contest. He took on Shavkat Rakhmonov back at UFC 254. Oliveira was submitted in the first round by guillotine choke.

Both of these men will be looking to get back on track on February 27th. Whoever wins this fight will likely command a ranked opponent in their next trip inside the octagon. The loser is going to have some real work to do to get back on track.

UFC books Raphael Assuncao – Raoni Barcelos

This weekend, the UFC finalized a big time bantamweight matchup for February 27th. Sherdog was first to report that the ninth ranked bantamweight contender, Raphael Assuncao (27-8), and rising contender, Raoni Barcelos (16-1).

We haven’t seen Assuncao since UFC 250 when he welcomed Cody Garbrandt back. That night, Assuncao was having some success, but he ended up being the victim of a highlight reel knockout at the end of the second round.

That was the third straight loss in the UFC for Assuncao. Assuncao is in a very weird spot in his career. He’s always been that contender in the UFC’s bantamweight division that’s gotten one fight away from a title shot.

He’s done it multiple times. However, when he’s arrived at the title eliminator, he’s come up short. In 2016, he fell to TJ Dillashaw after having won seven fights in a row. In 2019 he lost to Marlon Moraes after winning four in a row including wins over Aljamain Sterling, Rob Font, and Moraes.

The 38 year old veteran might be on the UFC chopping block in this next one. If he drops his fourth straight, there is no guarantees with his roster spot. He definitely hasn’t looked like the same Raphael Assuncao as of late.

UFC Bantamweight’s Rising Contender

Standing across from Assuncao on February 27th will be Raoni Barcelos. Barcelos is one of the more hyped prospects in the UFC’s bantamweight division. I’m calling him a prospect despite the fact that he’s 33 years old.

Barcelos made his UFC debut back in 2018 and he’s gone 5-0 since joining the promotion. He finished his first three opponents and he’s looked sensational in his last two fights. While winning decisions over Said Nurmagomedov and Khalid Taha, Barcelos put on a show.

He possesses a very well-rounded game and he’s showing that he can be a force in the division. If he’s able to pickup the win on February 27th, he will likely vault straight into the UFC’s top ten at bantamweight.