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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.


  • edub says:

    “In line” is such a broad term these days. I’d say it all depends who they give him for his next opponent. If it’s a top tier guy, then a win gives him the momentum for it. If they take a back step with him, and put him against someone like Mizugaki then no.

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  • COOL….why the hell not…its gonna take someone special to take out or even challenge the dominator. Its better than seein Urijah fight him again.

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  • MickeyC says:

    They are gona have to give him a tes next. No disrespect to Pickett, but he is not even top 10!

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    a fight against either Jorgensen or Torres will cement a number one contender spot i reckon.
    been watching Renan for a while and he is a demon. cant wait to see him take a step up, i’d choose Jorgensen personally

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  • edub says:

    hindsight- Thats a damn good fight actually, and it would match up schedule wise.

    MickeyC- Pickett was a looked at as a top ten fighter in most rankings at the time of their fight. I personally had him at #7.

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  • Angry Mike says:


    How about some insight into Pickett’s walk out? I assume that he music, newspaper, suspenders, etc. had some meaning for fans in the U.K., but I didn’t understand it. What was it all about?

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  • MickeyC says:

    I say him just outside of the 10, but he did beat might mouse, and I guess he did just fight for the title, so i guess i can see you point. But beside johnson and Jorgenson, his opponits are a list of “whos dat guy”. But Either way Renan is a fight ot two away from any kinda shot.

    His walk out was all Brad pitt. YOU NO SEE SNATCH? All Pikey!

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