Due to the fact TJ Dillashaw will battle Dominick Cruz next, and that the UFC bantamweight champ has relayed he wants to fight Jose Aldo, talk of a rematch with Renan Barao has kind of died off. Well, sort of.
Of course, Barao was scheduled to rematch Cruz in August, but after he fell ill during his weight cut, the bout was scrapped. Dillashaw went on to defend the belt versus Joe Soto, Cruz bombed out Takeya Mizugaki, and now Dillashaw is expected to face Cruz in 2015. Barao, on the other hand, is set to face Mitch Gagnon on December 20th.
Since we are talking about a man who had gone undefeated in 33 straight fights, and is 7-1 in the UFC, everyone knows that Barao doesn’t have a long road back to a title shot, provided he defeats Gagnon.
So, while speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, here is what the former champ had to say about Dillashaw, and what the American might do if they rematched in Brazil.
“I think he would crap his pants,” Barao said. “Fighting in the United States is easy. I want to see him fighting me in Brazil. It’s completely different.
“Dillashaw is talking too much crap. If we fight again, you can be sure it will be completely different,” Barao furthered. “When we fight again, he will see the real champion. I don’t like to make jokes, talk trash. I like to show my work inside the cage, show the best Renan Barao possible. (Dillashaw) can enjoy that belt for now, because it’s coming back to Brazil soon.”
It’s not every day you hear a prediction that involves someone soiling themselves does it?
When Barao was asked whether he would rather face Cruz or Dillashaw next, the Nova Uniao fighter went with the latter, even if it wasn’t for the title. Clearly he really, really wants another crack at Dillashaw.
Hopefully, at some juncture, we get to see Dillashaw-Barao II, but as outlined above, a lot has to go down before it can materialize. First things first for Barao is Gagnon, who isn’t a household name, but has won four in a row.
In addition, the Canadian has demonstrated some pretty sharp, finishing skills, as three of his last four wins have come via submission. Of Gagnon’s 12 victories to date, 11 have come by tap-out.
That fight will go down at UFC Fight Night 58, which will take place in Barueri, Brazil.