Renan Barao Focused on UFC 173, Not Opposed to Moving To 145 Later
Bantamweight champion Renan Barao has certainly put in work to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. With a 33-fight win streak overall and a perfect 9-0 record in the WEC/UFC, it’s easy to want to see where else he could dominate. Some speculation has been made towards a possible move to another weight class, but for right now, Barao is focused on his next title defense against T.J. Dillashaw and making sure that he won’t leave anything to the judges. He spoke to MMAFighting.com to talk about his preparations for his upcoming UFC 173 bout and moving weight classes:
“He’s getting better in the striking area and has strong wrestling, so he’s really tough and dangerous,” Barao told MMAFighting.com.
“Let’s wait and see what’s going to happen. I’m always comfortable to stand and fight. If I’m in a disadvantage, I’ll grab him and use my jiu-jitsu. I’m always training jiu-jitsu, I’m always training with the gi. If he takes me down, he can get submitted. If we go to the ground, I will sweep or submit him.”
When asked about moving up to 145 if Jose Aldo made a move up to lightweight:
“That’s up to my coaches Andre Pederneiras and Jair Lourenco,” Barao said. “Whatever is best for the team and for me is going to happen. If they want me at 135, I’m staying. If they want me at 145, I will move up. But we’re not thinking about that yet. I have a lot of challenges in my division yet. I’ve defended my undisputed title only once, so I have a lot of work to do.”