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Renan Barao Changed Up His Training For UFC on FOX 28

February 21, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Renan Barao

Renan Barao spoke with MMAjunkie ahead of his fight with Brian Kelleher at UFC on FOX 28. Highlights are below:

On changing up his training process: “I did my entire camp at American Top Team. It was great. I really enjoyed it. There are a lot of people there. I was looking for something different, something I hadn’t seen yet in terms of training, in order to tweak some details. It’s good to keep growing, to keep pursuing evolution. We know that MMA is ever-changing, so it’s good to always get new information.”

On previously training at Nova Uniao: “I was in Arizona with Jair Lourenco (longtime coach) and did a camp there. But, unfortunately, there just isn’t that much human material.”

On improving his weight cut process: “My eating has changed completely. I stayed lighter, and it’s been easier than the last time. (The weight cut) is always a bit annoying, but it’s all going as planned.”

On taking the fight with Kelleher: “It didn’t matter who the opponent was. The important thing is to keep working, to show the evolution and the results of my training.”

ON his support system: “What makes me stronger are my friends and family, who are always ready to offer me some words of comfort. My concern is giving my best to my family. This is the main focus, really.”

On aiming for a win: “That’s everyone’s goal in there and mine isn’t different. I want to return and put on great fights. But it’s one thing at a time. I’m thinking about this fight, then the next – and then getting back to the belt, of course.”