Sherdog.com: Did everything go as expected in Barao’s fight
Andre Pederneiras: The strategy we devised worked very well, from the weight cut to the fight. Everything was 100-percent. It only could have gone better if he had scored a knockout, as we planned, but he hurt his foot on Faber’s knee or shin early in the second round and he couldn’t kick with his right leg. We planned on kicking the legs a lot, and that ended up killing one thing he would have done. Today, he’ll take some tests to see how the foot is. The fight lacked a knockout, but we have to take our hats off to Faber. I had already spoken to him before and he is an American with the heart of a Brazilian fighter.
Sherdog.com: One of the most impressive things in the fight was
Barao’s dominance during all five rounds. He wasn’t threatened at
Pederneiras: In studying Faber’s fights, we saw that he gets stronger when he takes control of the fight. If you begin to pressure him and make him move backwards, he can’t do that. So, when he attacks and you counter, he begins to walk back and lose himself a little. That’s what we were able to do and everything worked out, with Barao chasing him all the time.
Sherdog.com: After the fight, some outlets reported that Barao
will defend his interim title before fighting against champion
Cruz. Is that true?
Pederneiras: Actually, Dana [White, UFC president] said he would face Dominick, and then a reporter asked Barao if he would fight before then, if Dominick stayed out for too long. Barao said he would accept another fight because he’s a UFC employee, but in my opinion, that shouldn’t happen. The next fight should for the belt against Dominick.
Sherdog.com: Barao’s title also served to crown your partnership
with Jair Lourenco, the leader of Kimura/Nova Uniao in Natal, Rio
Grande do Norte.
Pederneiras: Absolutely. We’ve had a long partnership not only with Jair, but with several Nova Uniao branches throughout Brazil, and when an athlete is interested in migrating to MMA, he comes to Rio de Janeiro to train with us. Jair sends these fighters, as does Guilherme Santos and Nonato Machado from Manaus, which is an even older partnership than that of Jair. From there came Marcos Galvao, Jose Aldo and “Kiki” [Arlisson Melo]. We always had a great relationship with our gyms throughout Brazil, and Jair especially, since he is always here to bring his athletes. His students are very tough and I think Barao would have been a champion regardless of having trained here, because he’s a top athlete. Jair gets all the credit for this achievement.
Sherdog.com: Jose Aldo is expected to face Erik Koch at
153 in Rio. Is he recovered from the injury that kept him out
Pederneiras: He has returned to training. He keeps doing physical therapy, even without pain, just to avoid any risk. That was a request from his physical therapist and I also agreed. He’s not on pace to train very hard because the time hasn’t arrived yet, but he’s doing all the groundwork without pain and everything is OK.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Having once shared a manager with Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Jessica Andrade said she used gloves given to her by the champ to train for their UFC 211 title appointment on Saturday.Filed un read news >>
UFC President Dana White told Fox Sports Australia's UFC Fight Week that a planned middleweight title fight between Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping has been called off. According to Fox Sports read news >>
The recent altercation where Cris "Cyborg" Justino punched Angela Magana at the UFC Athlete Retreat in Las Vegas was caught on video. read news >>
Ryan Bader said he was far less caught off guard than most by the surprise retirement of Anthony Johnson following his UFC 210 title-fight loss to Daniel Cormier last month.Filed under: Bellator, New read news >>
This is the story of former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub’s unlikely path to becoming a stand-up comedian.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
Jon Anik talks with Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard to break down some of the intriguing bouts set to take place at UFC 211 on May 13 in Dallas. read news >>
If all goes to plan, the UFC’s upcoming event in the Netherlands could have a big (figuratively and literally) heavyweight fight.Filed under: News read news >>
When TJ Dillashaw, the UFC bantamweight champ at the time, left Team Alpha Male to train with former head coach Duane Ludwig in 2015, it sparked off a rivalry. read news >>
The Octagon is on its way to Dallas for UFC 211 on May 13. Storylines are everywhere: Two titles are on the line, a rising phenom gets his most significant test yet and future title contenders can st read news >>
By now, you’ve heard Al Iaquinta’s complaints about the UFC. According to one UFC official, the rage is completely misplaced.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>