Interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao will be an interested observer in Jose Aldo’s career going forward.
Aldo, the current UFC featherweight champion, has discussed moving up to lightweight as his body continues to grow.
Now, just days away from defending his title for the first time, Barao appears set to make a switch as well – granted Aldo bumps up.
“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,” said Barao, in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. “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.”
Barao, just 25 years old, will meet Michael McDonald in England at UFC on Fuel TV 7 next Saturday.
The Brazilian has a 29-fight unbeaten streak and is 29-1 in his career. Barao has claimed all four of his UFC fights, as well, including a victory over Urijah Faber last year.
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