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Raphael Assuncao scratched from UFC Vegas 20, Raoni Barcelos awaits opponent

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Bantamweight standout Raoni Barcelos needs a short-notice opponent after top contender Raphael Assuncao was scratched from UFC Vegas 20.

Assuncao was taken off the Feb. 27 card due to a COVID-19 positive, he wrote on Twitter after an initial report from MMA Junkie. With three weeks until the event at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, the promotion will need to quickly find a replacement opponent. A person close to Barcelos told MMA Fighting the team is still waiting to hear if the search is underway.

Barcelos has lost three opponents while in the UFC, most recently a bout with Merab Dvashvili at UFC Vegas 16 this past December due to a medical suspension he received in a previous fight. The Brazilian has won five straight bouts at 135 pounds, outpointing Khalid Taha in his previous appearance at UFC Vegas 13.

Assuncao, meanwhile, is on the rebound after a knockout loss to ex-champ Cody Garbrandt at UFC 250. The setback was his third straight after an 11-1 run in which his only loss came to future champ T.J. Dillashaw.

UFC Vegas 20 is currently headlined by a heavyweight fight between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane.

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