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Marcelo Rojo has gotten his wish.
Weeks after telling MMA Junkie he wanted to replace injured Raphael Assuncao at UFC Fight Night 186, Rojo (16-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been chosen to do just that. Verbal agreements are in place for him to fight Raoni Barcelos at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The Feb. 27 fight will be contested at a 140-pound catchweight.
A person with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie on Saturday but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. Barcelos later confirmed the news, as well, on his Instagram stories.
Rojo, 32, is a longtime Combate Americas standout. He has won three of his most recent four outings with the lone loss coming against UFC bantamweight John Castaneda.
Barcelos (16-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) has slowly but surely marched his way up the ranks of the UFC’s bantamweight division. He has struggled to find matchups that hold up. Four of his past seven matchups have been canceled. A former RFA featherweight champion, Barcelos currently rides a nine-fight winning streak, including victories over Said Nurmagomedov, Chris Gutierrez, and Kurt Holobaugh.
With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 186 lineup includes:
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane
Raoni Barcelos vs. Marcelo Rojo
William Knight vs. Alonzo Menifield
Alexis Davis vs. Sabina Mazo
Randy Brown vs. Alex Oliveira
Alex Caceres vs. Kevin Croom
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Nikita Krylov
Montana De La Rosa vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Alexander Hernandez vs. Thiago Moises
Vince Cachero vs. Ronnie Lawrence
Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Maxin Grishim vs. Dustin Jacoby