Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion Renan Barao is putting an end to his drastic weight cuts — which at one point led to this — for a shot at featherweight superstardom.
That starts with a fight against veteran face puncher Jeremy Stephens at the UFC Fight Night 88 mixed martial arts (MMA) event later tonight (Sun., May 29, 2016) inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Barao (33-3, 1 NC), once considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, hasn’t competed since TJ Dillashaw turned him inside out at UFC on FOX 15. It was the second time in the span of 14 months the Brazilian was bit by “The Viper,” which likely prompted his 135-pound departure.
But the competition won’t be any easier up north.
Stephens (24-12) has been hot-and-cold since moving down from lightweight. He smashed Dennis Bermudez at UFC 189 last July, but was unable to keep that momentum against Max Holloway just a few months later, dropping a three-round unanimous decision.
Should be one helluva fight.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 88 fight card tonight (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 9 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.
To see who else is fighting at UFC Fight Night 88 click here.
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