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Renan Barao “Not Out For Recognition”, Just Wants to Fight

Kelsey Mowatt

Renan Barao

Renan Barao not only extended his awe inspiring, winning streak to 31 at UFC 165, but the interim bantamweight champ took out one of the promotion’s most dangerous 135’ers in Eddie Wineland to do so. The 26 year-old now holds wins over the #2, #3 and #4 ranked bantamweights in Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald and Wineland. That’s quite the resume he’s building.

After Saturday’s card, UFC President Dana White was quick to point out that what Barao has done in his career is truly remarkable (comments via MMA

“You know how hard it is to go eight years undefeated?” White asked. “Seriously, think about that. He doesn’t get enough credit for the record he has and what this guy is capable of doing, and it’s not just like he’s undefeated and the goes to decision and outpoints you. This dude f—ing destroys you.”

That’s a good way to putting it. When you’re an interim champ it’s not always easy to get the credit you deserve, but according to Barao he’s more interested in just fighting.

“I’m not out for recognition,” Barao said. “That’s not my job, it’s in God’s hands being recognized or not. I’m a fighter, I like what I’m doing, and the recognition is not up to me.”

“I fight anywhere, anyone. I’m just here doing my job and training hard everyday, so I just want to fight.”

Hopefully that “fight” involved Dominick Cruz in the coming months. Stay tuned to MMA for more on this story and all your UFC news.


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