With 31 straight wins, Barao is coming up on legendary status and could earn that reputation by beating Dominick Cruz when the interim/linear bantamweight champions collide at UFC 169 in February. He’s shown nothing short of transcendent talent in the cage during wins over Scott Jorgensen, Eddie Wineland, Michael McDonald, Brad Pickett, and Urijah Faber. With the very real possibility of having 40 professional wins by the age of 30 (and single-digit losses), what else is there left for him to accomplish other than perhaps winning a title at 145 pounds?
UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones recently turned heads by revealing he hoped to hang his gloves up by the time he turns 30. According to the 26-year old title-holder, he already has enough money to retire if so desired and also wants to leave his reputation relatively untarnished. Jones’ interest in preserving his legacy, as well as his health, makes sense given his accomplishments thus far in the Octagon. In fact, there are a handful of other fighters who should consider the same strategy where their careers are concerned… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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