Barao definitely doesn’t want to stand in the pocket with Wineland and bang it out. Given Wineland’s power and a similar reach it’s important for Barao to know where he can land shots and avoid damage from. In that regard, he needs to find his range early with some probing kicks and jabs. Doing so could ultimately make the difference between an easy win and brutal battle.
There aren’t many more impressive winning streaks in MMA than the one owned by UFC interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao. The 26-year old has racked up 30 straight triumphs including success in the Octagon over Scott Jorgensen, Brad Pickett, Urijah Faber, and Michael McDonald. Barao will look to add #31 tonight when he takes on Eddie Wineland at UFC 165. It’s absolutely an effort Barao should exit victorious as long as he takes a few simple steps towards achieving that goal. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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