Former UFC Bantamweight champion Renan Barao is looking forward to his second meeting with T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 177. Down below he talks about the fight and what to expect:
“I’m the underdog now, and he’s the big favorite. I think it’s natural because he had such a great fight. He fought very well against me, said Barao. That’s the only reason why things would have changed.”
Barao has a 32-1 MMA record, he has 8 knockouts, 14 submissions and 10 decision victories in his MMA career coming into this fight. Barao is arguably the greatest fighter in MMA right now as he has won 32 straight fights.
“My only goal right now is to get the belt back. I’m really focused and waiting to get this belt back to Brazil. I’m 100 percent focused. I hope to get the knockout, but I’m ready to fight five rounds if I need to.”
Barao made his UFC debut against Cole Escovedo which he won via unanimous decision at UFC 130 – Rampage vs. Hamill on May / 28 / 2011. He beat Brad Pickett via rear naked choke at UFC 138 – Leben vs. Munoz on Nov / 05 / 2011, Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision at UFC 143 – Diaz vs. Condit on Feb / 04 / 2012. Then finished off 2012 with a win over Urijah Faber via unanimous decision at UFC 149 – Faber vs. Barao on Jul / 21 / 2012.
“I’m not trying to reinvent myself. I just had to add to my game, but it’s not a case of reinventing myself. … I’ve never trained more. I’ve been training like five or six hours every day. I’ve never trained more for a fight like this one.”
Barao entered 2013 with a win over Michael McDonald via Arm-Triangle Choke at UFC on Fuel TV 7 – Barao vs. McDonald on Feb / 16 / 2013 and ended 2013 against Eddie Wineland which Barao won. he beat Urijah Faber for a second time via 1st Rd TKO at UFC 169 – Barao vs. Faber 2 on Feb / 01 / 2014.
Barao will try to reclaim his title as he goes up against newly crowned champ T.J. Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 177.