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Renan Barao Says He Will Move to Featherweight if Teammate Jose Aldo Moves to Lightweight

February 8, 2013 | Posted by Larry Csonka

– Renan Barao recently spoke about the possibility of moving to featherweight and why he fights at bantamweight. Here are thehighlights…

On Possibly Moving to Featherweight: “I feel very good in this weight division, but I feel in two or three years, if Aldo decides to move up a weight division, I might do that, too.”

On Fighting at Bantamweight: “I used to fight at 66 kilos (145 pounds), but when we closed the deal with the WEC, our trainer decided that I needed to fight at bantamweight because I would never be champion since Aldo had been there forever,” Barao said. “He wanted another champion on the team.”

On Why He Was Chosen to Drop to Bantamweight: “Actually, I’m naturally the same weight as Aldo, but I cut more to make weight,” Barao said. “I think I would suffer a lot less. I sacrifice a lot by cutting. I’d be able to eat a little better and relax a little more. I think the weight cut is what makes me most nervous going into a fight. I get very neurotic. I would be much more relaxed.”



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