RIO DE JANEIRO — Two of the top fighters from Nova Uniao are waiting for their next steps in the UFC.
A former bantamweight champion, Renan Barao has suffered another defeat to current titleholder T.J. Dillashaw, going 0-2 in his last championship fights. Featherweight champ Jose Aldo and UFC president Dana White already stated they want Barao at 145 pounds, and the fighter recently said that’s what he expects for his future.
Not so fast, says Nova Uniao leader Andre Pederneiras.
“Barao moving up or not depends on some factors that I can’t say right now,” Pederneiras told the media in Brazil. “Is there a possibility? Yes. But there’s also a possibility of him staying. We’re studying several things that are happening, and we’ll wait to see.”
With two losses to the current champion, Barao could stay at 135 pounds if Dominick Cruz regains the UFC belt when he faces Dillashaw on Jan. 17. However, the fact that Barao won’t be allowed to use IVs to rehydrate after the weigh-ins could be a huge issue.
“That’s one factor that can force him to move up in weight,” Pederneiras said. “That’s one factor, and we’re studying that.”
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