Bantamweight Renan Barao may be a UFC interim champion at the moment but he’s got his sights set on bigger things, literally. The explosive Brazilian recently went on record as saying he’s considering an eventual shift to the featherweight division, following a trail blazed by Nova Uniao teammate Jose Aldo. However, at the age of 25, Barao won’t be bulking up for at least a few more years.
Barao elaborated on his reasoning in an interview with MMAJunkie, revealing he’s essentially the same size as featherweight title-holder Aldo but doesn’t want to infringe on his friend’s claim to the gold.
“I feel very good in this weight division, but I feel in two or three years, if Aldo decides to move up a weight division, I might do that, too.”
“I used to fight at 66 kilos (145 pounds), but when we closed the deal with the WEC, our trainer decided that I needed to fight at bantamweight because I would never be champion since Aldo had been there forever. He wanted another champion on the team.”
“Actually, I’m naturally the same weight as Aldo, but I cut more to make weight. I think I would suffer a lot less. I sacrifice a lot by cutting. I’d be able to eat a little better and relax a little more.”
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