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Renan Barao planning move up to featherweight

After falling twice to current UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, former champion Renan Barao (33-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has decided to move up to featherweight.renan_barao_e_massacrado_e_perde_cinturao_para_dillashaw_no_ufc_173

Although his friend and fellow training partner Jose Aldo has been the long time king of the 145-pound division, Barao plans to make the move by the end of the year.

Dillashaw shocked the world when he defeated Barao last year, then after a number of issues and injuries postponed the Barao-Dillashaw rematch, the two finally met for a second time at UFC on FOX 16 in July resulting in the American champ TKO’ing the Brazilian.

“It’s obviously his decision, but I think it would be a good idea to go up in weight,” White said after UFC on FOX 16. “He’s been having problems with the weight. He didn’t have problems (at weigh-ins) – he made the weight easy – but he looks really drawn out and dry when he cuts weight. So he should probably move up.”

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