Before this weekend, UFC bantamweight Renan Barao had looked relatively unbeatable, stringing together an insane amount of consecutive wins while outclassing the likes of Brad Pickett, Scott Jorgensen, and Urijah Faber. Though the 30-1 Brazilian emerged from his UFC on Fuel 7 fight against Michael McDonald with his hand raised, there’s no doubt “Mayday” gave him a run for his money in the match-up and even staggered Barao early on with a few stiff shots.
Barao was asked to assess things by Fuel TV after the event’s conclusion and acknowledged the 22-year old’s status as a game competitor. However, the interim title-holder wouldn’t go so far as to say McDonald was the biggest challenge of his career, offering up a philosophical approach to the matter instead.
“There’s no doubt he’s a very young, talented athlete and a very tough guy,” said barao. “But no, all my fights were very tough in the past. He was just another tough opponent that I had to encounter. The toughest fight is going to be the next one.”
Not only is Barao’s attitude a means of remaining constantly motivated, but it’s also an accurate statement considering his next outing is likely to involve linear champion Dominick Cruz once “The Dominator” fully recovers from a serious knee injury. Barao knows a date with Cruz is on the horizon and is anxious to finally fight him to legitimately establish someone’s status as the best bantamweight in the business.
“I have trained very hard. I’m looking forward to the fight. I want to give a great show to the public and I’m gonna beat him,” offered Barao, sending a message back to Cruz who was part of the in-studio broadcast team covering UFC on Fuel 7. “I wish Dominick a quick recovery so he can come fight and give a great fight to the fans.”
The full interview with Barao can be seen below:
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