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UFC Fight Night 88 fight card: Jeremy Stephens vs Renan Barao full fight preview

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Jeremy Stephens and Renan Barao will brawl this Sunday (May 29, 2016) at UFC 198 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a match up of veterans, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight warriors Jeremy Stephens and Renan Barao will throw down this Sunday (May 29, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 88 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since dropping down to Featherweight, Stephens has established himself as a Top 10 fighter. However, he’s also lost three of his last four bouts to some admittedly top-shelf competition, so he could really use the win here. Similarly, Barao has fallen on some hard times thanks to the punches and kicks of T.J. Dillashaw. Now moving up a weight class, Barao is hoping to reinvigorate his career with a strong performance.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both athletes:

Jeremy Stephens
Record: 24-12
Key Wins: Dennis Bermudez (UFC 189), Darren Elkins (UFC on FOX 10), Rony Jason (UFC Fight Night 32)
Key Losses: Max Holloway (UFC 194), Cub Swanson (UFC Fight Night 44), Charles Oliveira (TUF 20 Finale)
Keys to Victory: Stephens is a very powerful puncher who has refined his technique in all areas quite a bit in recent years. Though he has lost some important bouts lately, Stephens was competitive in each loss and still looks to be a top fighter.

In this bout, Stephens is faced with an interesting challenge. In some ways, Barao is much like him, a physical striker unafraid to exchange. However — when he’s on — Barao appears to be a bit more technical on the feet.

Therefore, Stephens needs to get aggressive and make full use of his experience fighting bigger men. Stephens’ durability and power cannot be question, so ….View full article

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