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Renan Barao feels he is in line for a title-shot

Renan Barao defeated Brad Pickett in impressive fashion this past weekend at UFC 138, submitting the Brit with a first round Rear-Naked Choke. Now sporting a 27-1 record, Barao feels he deserves an opportunity at winning divisional gold.

Barao lost his MMA debut in 2005 via split decision in Brazil. Since that bout, he has won 27 of the 28 times he’s stepped foot in the ring with only a No Contest in 2007 keeping him from a perfect mark.

Thirteen of Barao’s 27 wins have come via submission including two in the WEC before he entered the UFC. In his Octagon debut, Barao defeated Cole Escovedo. Now, he wants a shot at UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz.

“The objective is this: When you come up here to the UFC, it’s to fight for the title. I’m ready any time,” said Barao, in an interview with MMAjunkie.

Against Pickett, Barao landed a big knee and a combination that dropped his opponent. Pickett had won ten of his previous eleven fights.

“We were training very hard for this fight, and Brad Pickett is a very tough opponent, one of the best out there,” Barao said. “My team put me in a lot of training. It was just an awesome fight.”

Contendership for a shot at 135-pound champion Cruz’s belt is set to be determined later this month at UFC 139 when Urijah Faber faces former divisional title-holder Brian Bowles.