renan-barao

NEWARK, N.J. – Take note UFC bantamweights: Champion Renan Barao (32-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) isn’t planning on leaving the division anytime soon.

While Barao’s Nova Uniao teammate and current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (24-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) appears set on a move to lightweight to face current 155-pound title holder Anthony Pettis, Barao said he’s not interested in filling the hole that will be created by his fellow Brazilian’s move.

“No,” Barao flatly said at Saturday’s post-UFC 169 press conference in Newark, N.J. “I still have a long way to go at this weight division. I still have a lot of work to do.”

Barao, of course, defended the UFC bantamweight title for the first time at Saturday’s UFC 169 event, earning a first-round stoppage over Urijah Faber in the evening’s main event. It was his first time to step in the cage as a full UFC champion, as his previous three title-fight wins had all come while contesting a belt of the interim variety.

The 27-year-old Aldo has long discussed a potential move up in weight, as he was awarded the UFC’s featherweight belt at just 24 years old and has since seen his frame grow naturally larger. Barao has previously mentioned he’s not the biggest fan of cutting to 135 pounds. At UFC 169, MMAjunkie learned from sources close to the Nova Uniao team that Aldo weighed 160 pounds on fight night, but Barao was just behind him at 158 pounds.

Still, the 26-year-old Barao, with just one defense of the UFC bantamweight title, seems content to stay put for the time being.

“I just got the belt, so I’m not planning to go up,” Barao said.

Raphael Assuncao (21-4 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who is currently ranked No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, meets Francisco Rivera (10-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC 170 later this month in a key bantamweight matchup. No. 9-ranked T.J. Dillashaw (9-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) picked up a big win over Mike Easton in January and could also prove a factor in the title picture very soon.

For complete coverage of UFC 169, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

(Pictured: Renan Barao)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Fight Night 81 Free Fight: TJ Dillashaw Finishes Renan Barao to Win Title

  • 28 days ago
  • 15 views

T.J. Dillashaw's reign as UFC bantamweight champion began on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173 when KO'ed Renan Barao in the fifth round. read news >>

Own the note cards Bruce Buffer used to announce Conor McGregor's 13-second finish of Jose Aldo

  • 28 days ago
  • 113 views

Looking for a unique piece of history from UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s shocking UFC 194 win over Jose Aldo? How about the note cards Bruce Buffer used to introduce the fight?Filed und read news >>

Cyborg Justino Closes Door on Making 135 Pounds, Keeps Door Open for Superfight

  • 22 days ago
  • 15 views

Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, the Invicta featherweight world champion and one of the best fighters in women's MMA, has said she won't be able to cut down to the 135-pound limit for the women's bantamw read news >>

Invicta FC champ 'Cyborg' Justino up to 163.8 pounds for tonight's headliner

  • 22 days ago
  • 18 views

A little more than a half day after weighing in at 144.6 pounds for tonight’s Invicta FC 15 event, featherweight champion Cristiane Justino has rehydrated and gained 19.2 pounds.Filed under: News, Vi read news >>

Jessica Eye and Bethe Correia feud on Twitter – with threats of ingesting toe hair

  • 18 days ago
  • 36 views

A brief Twitter feud between UFC bantamweights Jessica Eye and Bethe Correia entered strange territory overnight.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Chad Mendes not interested in B.J. Penn's comeback, doesn't want to see him 'get hurt'

  • 10 days ago
  • 13 views

Former UFC champion B.J. Penn recently ended his retirement and declared his intention to chase the featherweight championship. Longtime 145-pound contender Chad Mendes said he questions the wisdom b read news >>

After draw, Levan Makashvili wants Damon Jackson again: 'I'd gladly knock him out'

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 views

NEWARK, N.J. – Levan Makashvili isn’t interested in arguing whether or not referee Gasper c was in the wrong for docking him a point at UFC on FOX 18. Makashvili believes it’s the judges that screwed read news >>

Lightweight Tony Martin's key to success starts with staying under 204 pounds

  • 6 days ago
  • 7 views

NEWARK, N.J. – With just one win in his previous four UFC appearances, Tony Martin needed something special on Saturday night. He got it, and now Martin knows what it’s going to take moving forward.F read news >>

How Josh Burkman lost '18 pounds in 24 hours' for lightweight debut

  • an hour ago
  • 2 views

LAS VEGAS – Weight-cutting is currently a hot-button topic in MMA, and Josh Burkman went through a tumultuous one for his UFC Fight Night 82 showdown with K.J. Noons on Saturday.Filed under: Featured read news >>