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Renan Barao’s Coach Says Former Champ Fought “Way Below His Potential” at UFC on FOX 16

Kelsey Mowatt

Renan Barao

If after UFC on FOX 16, you were one of the fans who said the event demonstrated Renan Barao wasn’t as good as everyone thought, well, the latter’s coach thinks you’re dead wrong.

Barao was taken out by TJ Dillashaw in the fourth round of the July 25th event, marking the second time he’s been stopped by the bantamweight champ. Following Barao’s loss to Dillashaw last year, many folks theorized that the renowned fighter was outclassed, because he was hurt early on. After all, prior to the bout, Barao had gone undefeated in 33 straight fights, and was widely considered to be one of the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighters.

But, now that Dillashaw has outgunned Barao not once, but twice, some folks have questioned whether “The Baron’s” powers are on the decline. Well, the fighter’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, was recently asked by MMA Junkie to weigh-in on Barao’s performance. Here is some of what he had to say:

“I feel Barao fought at a level way below his potential,” Pederneiras said. “He wasn’t able to perform in the way we saw during training. One positive would be that, even though Barao was very tired, he never gave up, not for a second. I think that was the biggest positive.”

So, now it remains to be seen if Barao can work his way back into the title shot mix at 135, or if he’ll move to 145, as people like Dana White have recommended. Pederneiras relayed in the story that no decision has been made yet, however, on that front.

Dillashaw, meanwhile, is expected to face Dominick Cruz or Raphael Assuncao next.

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