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Renan Barao’s Road to UFC 165

UFC bantamweight Renan Barao may have an “interim” tag in front of his championship but few would argue he’s not every bit the divisional title-holder based on linear king Dominick Cruz‘s extended absence from competition for injury-releated reasons. Barao is on an amazing 30-fight winning streak with twenty of his victories featuring some form of finish. To further cement his status as the #1 135er in MMA, the 26-year old will look to successfully defend his belt for a second time when he faces Eddie Wineland later this month at UFC 165. Though the path Barao took from WEC newcomer to divisional elite wasn’t easy, it was definitely impressive… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)


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