About Renan Barao
Coming into his fight against Urijah Faber at UFC 149 for the UFC Interim Bantamweight Championship belt, many fans still didn’t know Barao all that well. It wasn’t that the masses weren’t impressed with his then 29 fight unbeaten streak; such streaks in MMA are very rare. It’s just that save Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett, Barao had not exactly fought a who’s who of mixed martial arts, particularly in the eyes of American fans who did not really know his former Brazilian opponents very well. So he was somewhat of a wild card.
But after Barao controlled the pace against an MMA legend in Faber over the course of five full rounds on his way to winning the interim belt, people certainly began to get to know him. As will you, by the way, if you keep reading.
Here is his story.
- Date of Birth: Renan Barao was born on January 31, 1987 in Natal, Brazil.
- Training Camp and Fighting Organization: Barao trains at Nova União in Brazil under André Pederneiras. He fights for the UFC.
Martial Arts Background
Barao received his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt from Pederneiras in September of 2011. As is the case with all Nova Uniao fighters, he trains in and is well versed in Muay Thai.
Barao made his professional MMA debut on April 14, 2005 against Joao Paulo at a HeatFC 3 event (Natal, Brazil), losing by way of a decision. From there he absolutely began to soar, going on one of the longer undefeated streaks in MMA history, which spanned several different promotions including Shooto. That said, let’s start small with when the World Extreme Cagefighting organization (WEC) came calling.
Barao made his WEC debut on June 20, 2010 against Anthony Leone, winning by way of a third round armbar. He then defeated Chris Cariaso by rear naked choke before Zuffa merged the WEC into the UFC, making Barao a UFC fighter.
Winning the UFC Interim Bantamweight Title
Perhaps the most famous below lightweight fighter at the time in the world, Urijah Faber, was set to take on rival TUF Live coach Dominick Cruz for his opponent’s bantamweight title before an injury forced Cruz out of the fight. Zuffa then decided to give Barao a shot against Faber, with the winner getting the interim title tag and a shot at the real thing when Cruz healed.
At UFC 149, Barao won a pretty close fight by using leg kicks and more significant power in his combinations. By defeating Faber, Barao not only won the interim title but also more forcefully put his name on the MMA map.
Renan Barao’s Fighting Style
Barao has outstanding Muay Thai skills. These include strong leg kicks and powerful combinations to go along with his long limbs/reach. Barao also demonstrates very strong Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Together, this makes him a very difficult person to defeat, as opponents do not feel safe anywhere with him.
Some of Renan Barao’s Greatest Victories:
- Barao defeats Urijah Faber by unanimous decision at UFC 149: Faber was kept at a distance all night long by his longer opponent’s punches and leg kicks. In the end, Barao managed to break one of his opponent’s ribs in round one, which only helped to serve notice to the rest of the world that he could fight with anyone in the bantamweight class.
- Barao defeats Brad Pickett by first round rear naked choke at UFC 138: This fight against Pickett, a man who had defeated several tough competitors including Demetrious Johnson in the past, was a short blur of activity. The two traded bombs early on until such time as Barao connected with a hard knee inside and followed it up with several strikes, dropping his opponent. He took his back moments later, sinking in the rear naked choke. The bout earned Fight of the Night honors.
- Barao defeats Anthony Leone by third round armbar at WEC 49: The bottom line is that winning your WEC debut by stoppage is a big step. That’s exactly what Barao did in his organizational debut against Anthony Leone.
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