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Renan Barão

Renan "The Baron" Barão

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  • Given Name: Renan do Nascimento Mota Pegado
  • MMA Record: 34-6-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Baron
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 31 | Date of Birth: 1987.01.31
  • Last Fight: February 24, 2018 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight | Last Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Nova União
  • Height: 5'6" (168cm) | Reach: 70.5" (179cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $582,000 USD
  • Born: Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
  • Fighting out of: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Brian Kelleher
34-5-0 18-8-0

Us UFC on FOX 28: Emmett vs. Stephens
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2018.02.24
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $53,000 Base | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#33 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2018
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Aljamain Sterling
34-4-0 13-2-0

Us UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2
Preliminary Card | Catchweight | 140 lbs

2017.07.29
Odds: -140 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $53,000 Base | Weigh-In: 140.0 lbs (63.5 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Phillipe Nover
33-4-0 11-6-1

Br UFC Fight Night 95: Cyborg vs. Lansberg
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2016.09.24
Odds: -600 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jeremy Stephens
33-3-0 24-12-0

Us UFC Fight Night 88: Almeida vs. Garbrandt
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2016.05.29
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#44 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
UFC Fight Night 88 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:35 Round 4 of 5, 15:35 Total

Us T.J. Dillashaw
33-2-0 11-2-0

Us UFC on FOX 16: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Bantamweight | 135

2015.07.25
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#31 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2015
UFC on FOX 16 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout T.J. Dillashaw UFC 186 2015.04.25
Reason: Dillashaw Fractured Rib
Win | Submission | Choke
3:53 Round 3 of 3, 13:53 Total

Ca Mitch Gagnon
32-2-0 12-2-0

Br UFC Fight Night 58: Machida vs. Dollaway
Co-Main Event | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2014.12.20
Odds: -1000 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
UFC Fight Night 58 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout T.J. Dillashaw UFC 177 2014.08.30
Reason: Barao medical issues related to weight cut
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:26 Round 5 of 5, 22:26 Total

Us T.J. Dillashaw
32-1-0 9-2-0

Us UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw
Main Event | Title Defense | Bantamweight | 135

2014.05.24
Odds: -1000 (Huge Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $124,000 ($74K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#9 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
#6 Biggest Upset of All Time
#11 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
#8 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
#89 Greatest Fight of All Time
UFC 173 Fight of the Night
UFC 173 Performance of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:42 Round 1 of 5

Us Urijah Faber
31-1-0 30-6-0

Us UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Bantamweight | 135

2014.02.01
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#43 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
Cancelled Bout Dominick Cruz UFC 169 2014.02.01
Reason: Cruz Torn Groin
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:35 Round 2 of 5, 5:35 Total

Us Eddie Wineland
30-1-0 20-8-1

Ca UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson
Co-Main Event | Interim Title | Bantamweight | 135

2013.09.21
Odds: -700 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#18 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
#87 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 165 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Eddie Wineland UFC 161 2013.06.15
Reason: Barao Foot Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
3:57 Round 4 of 5, 18:57 Total

Us Michael McDonald
29-1-0 15-1-0

Gb UFC on FUEL TV 7: Barao vs. McDonald
Main Event | Interim Title | Bantamweight | 135

2013.02.16
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
#26 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
#1 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
#48 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
UFC on FUEL TV 7 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Urijah Faber
28-1-0 26-5-0

Ca UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao
Main Event | Interim Title | Bantamweight | 135

2012.07.21
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Cancelled Bout Urijah Faber UFC 148 2012.07.07
Reason: Moved to UFC 149
Cancelled Bout Ivan Menjivar UFC 148 2012.07.07
Reason: Barao to Title Fight
Cancelled Bout Jeff Hougland UFC 148 2012.07.07
Reason: Fighters Rescheduled
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Scott Jorgensen
27-1-0 13-4-0

Us UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2012.02.04
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $22,000 ($11K Base, $11K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Kim Winslow
Win | Submission | Choke
4:09 Round 1 of 3

Gb Brad Pickett
26-1-0 20-5-0

Gb UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz
Co-Main Event | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2011.11.05
Odds: -135 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
#31 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
#13 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 138 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Cole Escovedo
25-1-0 17-6-0

Us UFC 130: Rampage vs Hamill
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2011.05.28
Odds: -380 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Cancelled Bout Demetrious Johnson UFC 130 2011.05.28
Reason: Johnson Rescheduled
Win | Submission | Choke
3:47 Round 1 of 3

Us Chris Cariaso
24-1-0 10-1-0

Us WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2010.12.16
Odds: -285 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Neil Sarembock
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:29 Round 3 of 3, 12:29 Total

Us Anthony Leone
23-1-0 8-0-0

Ca WEC 49: Varner vs Shalorus
Preliminary Card | Catchweight | 142 lbs

2010.06.20
Odds: -290 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 141.5 lbs (64.2 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Sergio Silva

Br Jungle Fight

2010.02.27
Win | Submission | Choke

Pe Jorge Antonio Enciso Huaman

Br Rio de Janeiro Regional

2009.12.05
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Br Marcio Nunes

Br Sao Paulo Regional

2009.09.26
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Paulo Dantas

Br Shooto Brazil

2009.08.27
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Br Jurandir Sardinha

Br Rio Grande do Norte Regional

2009.08.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Br André Luis

Br Watch Out Combat Show

2009.03.19
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Br Alexandre Pinheiro

Br Shooto Brazil

2008.11.29
Win | KO/TKO | Knee

Br William Porfirio

Br Watch Out Combat Show

2008.09.25
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Rogério Silva

Br Watch Out Combat Show

2008.09.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Fabiano de Melo

Br Shooto Brazil

2008.08.30
Win | Submission | Armlock

Br Jetron Azevedo

Br Rio Grande do Norte Regional

2008.06.05
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Ronaldo Figueiredo

Br Rio Grande do Norte Regional

2008.05.23
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br William Viana

Br Shooto Brazil

2008.04.19
No Contest | Foul

Br Claudemir Souza

Br Pernambuco Regional

2007.12.12
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Danilo Noronha

Br Shooto Brazil

2007.10.27
Win | Submission | Leglock

Br Erinaldo Rodrigues

Br Shooto Brazil

2007.07.07
Win | Decision | Split

Br Janailson Kevin

Br Rio Grande do Norte Regional

2007.04.25
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Carlos Heide

Br Rio Grande do Norte Regional

2007.04.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Rony Jason

Br Rio Grande do Norte Regional

2006.11.09
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Br Kaio Freitas

Br Rio Grande do Norte Regional

2006.09.06
Win | Submission | Leglock

Br Gleyson Menezes

Br Pernambuco Regional

2006.06.08
Win | KO/TKO

Br Dande

Br Rio Grande do Norte Regional

2005.11.22
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Anistavio Medeiros

Br Rio Grande do Norte Regional

2005.08.26
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Br Melk

Br Rio Grande do Norte Regional

2005.05.13
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Br João Paulo Rodrigues

Br Rio Grande do Norte Regional

2005.04.14

Renan Barão Wiki Update Wiki

Renan do Nascimento Mota Pegado, or just Renan Barao began his career in Natal with the team Nova Uniao Kimura, a subsidiary of Nova Uniao gym in Rio Grande do Norte. He went to Rio de Janeiro, alongside friends and fellow fighters Ronny Markes and Ronys Torres. They had to live in a loft in the old gym / Nova Uniao headquarters, which had no windows, no doors, and the first night, ran out places to sleep because of a rain that flooded the place. According to Barao, those difficulties helped strengthen him to get where he is today. Barao currently trains with great fighters like Jose Aldo, featherweight champion of the UFC, among others. He became a professional MMA fighter in 2005 at the age of 18.

First career fight and win streak

That first professional fight in 2005 was a decision lose to João Paulo Rodrigues at an event in his home town of Natal.  Perhaps the taste of defeat was something the young Brazilian did not like as after the lose he would go on to win an impressive 23 fights in a row in Brazil namely with the Shooto organization.  Of those 23 wins 10 came by way of submission while another 6 were by TKO.

Move to the US and WEC

By 2010 Renan had made a name for him self as one of the best up and coming fighters in Brazil and the WEC promotion who features lighter weight classes came calling.  Renan made his debut with WEC in a catchweight bout against Anthony Leone at WEC 49 in Edmonton, Alberta.  Renan picked up another submission win over Leone and proved his hype could be real.  The next test for Barao was Chris Cariaso who at the time was on a 4 fight win streak.  Barao ended up picking up his 12th career submission win at what ended up being WEC's last show ever and would be merged into the UFC.

UFC Debut

Renan's UFC debut would turn out to be former WEC Featherweight Champion Cole Escovedo at UFC 130. Barao used wrestling and takedowns to control Escovedo throughout the fight to gain the decision win. Renan's next fight would be put on a big stage as he was the co-main event against Brad Pickett at UFC 138 in November 2011. Although now pushing his win streak to an incredible 26 fights there were still some disbelievers of Renan's talents. During that night Renan perhaps put those doubts to rest as he dismantled Pickett on the feet using a flying knee to drop Pickett to the mat which allowed him to attack his back and get his 13th submission win of his career. The win seemingly put Barao on the brink of a title shot and win over his next opponent Scott Jorgensen at UFC 143 would most likely leave no doubt. Barao cruised to a unanimous decision using his reach and speed to out match Jorgensen.

Bantamweight Title

Barao had an interesting path to his next fight as opponent Jeff Hougland whom he was scheduled to face at UFC 148 got injured. Ivan Menjivar was then slated to face Renan at the same event as a potential #1 contender bout to face the winner of the Dominick Cruz vs Urijah Faber title fight. An injury to Champion Dominick Cruz open up the door for Renan's biggest fight in his career as he would now face Urijah Faber in the Co-Main Event for UFC 148 for the Interim Bantamweight Title. Yet one more change to his schedule would take place as his bout with Faber would be moved  a few weeks later to  headline UFC 149 after that event was decimated with injuries to it's main card. Once he finally got in the octagon against Faber he left no doubt who the better fighter was that night as he controlled from start to finish using his speed, reach striking and takedown defense to take Faber completely out of the fight. Now the Interim Bantamweight Champion on a 29 fight win streak Barao would have to defend the interim title when he fought Michael McDonald and was able to choke him out in the fourth round. With Dominick Cruz still unable to return to the octagon Barao will put his win streak on the line as well as the interim belt when he faces Eddie Wineland at UFC 161. Barao would go on to finish Wineland in emphatic fashion with a spinning back kick in the second round.

Undisputed Champion

Following another devastating injury to champion Dominick Cruz in early 2014, Barao was promoted to Undisputed Champion status when Cruz decided to vacate his belt rather than tie up the division for another lengthy absence. Barao's first title defense would be a rematch with the surging Urijah Faber on Super Bowl Weekend on February 1, 2014. Barao's reign would continue when he was able to rock Faber several times before Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight. It was a somewhat questionable stoppage as Faber was covering up and only taking shots to his glove, however he was not moving at all and Herb stepped in to stop the fight. His next defense will be in the main event of UFC 173 against T.J. Dillashaw. Dillashaw would go on to capture the UFC title defeating Barâo via TKO in the 5th round. Dillashaw was also leading on all scorecards leading up to the TKO. 

Road Back to Contention

Following his loss, despite losing in convincing fashion Barâo was awarded a rematch with Dillashaw at UFC 177. While cutting weight, Barâo would slip and knocked himself unconscious the day before the fight. He was taken to the hospital for emergency fluids and observation. Subsequently Barâo would be pulled from his rematch with Dillashaw and replaced by UFC newcomer, Joe Soto
Frustrated with Barâo, UFC president Dana White said that he would not receive another title shot before fighting again due to him missing weight at UFC 177. Barâo would then be slated to face Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night 58. Despite a back and forth first two rounds, Barâo would go on to win via arm-triangle choke in the 3rd round. 

Last updated 12.21.2014, 11:17 PM ET
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