Don't expect a little thing like a 1-3 record to keep Renan Barao from the featherweight title.
After all, the Brazilian -- who once held gold at 135 pounds -- still has plenty of years left in his mixed martial arts (MMA) prime. That affords him the opportunity to slam the breaks on his two-fight skid and get back to the business of winning big.
"Me and Jair Lourenco were expecting a tough fight against Stephens, and that's what happened," Coach Andre Pederneiras told Sherdog.com. "Barao had a great first round, lost the second and got close in the third round. It was a great restart for his career, and I truly believe in a few more years, he will be fighting for the belt."
He's got some work to do considering he still doesn't make this list.
After a failed bid to reclaim the bantamweight throne, Barao (33-4, 1 NC) packed his bags and headed north. Unfortunately, his debut at 145 pounds didn't go exactly as planned, thanks to a gritty performance from Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 88 just last month.
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