Renan Barao trains with Jose Aldo, who many consider to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, on a regular basis at Nova Uniao in Brazil.
Andre Pederneiras, who directs the Brazilian team, sees Barao working with Aldo and believes he is prepared to become just as strong in the UFC.
Aldo, the reigning featherweight champion, is unbeaten inside the Octagon. Barao, the interim bantamweight champ, also sports a flawless UFC record.
“I think he is on track for that. Has shown that every fight is increasingly calm in the ring then the trend is growing ever more. He is able to keep the title for a long time,” Pederneiras said in a recent interview with Tatame. “He fought with two guys more dangerous than (current UFC bantamweight champion) Dominick Cruz, without disparage it. He is a great champion, but there is no danger of knockout as with (Urijah) Faber and (Michael) MacDonald. When you face a guy like that, you can put the fight in the fight that the risk is lower. It has everything to go right.”
Barao will look to earn a second defense of his title when he meets Eddie Wineland later this summer at UFC 161. A unification bout between Barao and Cruz would just be awesome to see, so hopefully “The Dominator” can return.
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