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Renan Barao Moving To Featherweight

Renan Barao Moving To Featherweight

Weight management been a matter for much debate in MMA.

How much does it benefit a fighter to cut weight and compete at a lighter division?

Is it worth the struggle? Are they weakened by the process? And how does the new ban on IV’s at weigh-ins play into the decision?

For example, last week on UFC Tonight, John Dodson was revealed to be moving up in weight. In addition to the new IV ban, reports described that the flyweight contender felt the UFC’s new anti-doping program “leveled the playing field” — making it possible for a smaller fighter to be competitive.

Yesterday, another change was made as Brazilian news outlet Globo reported that former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barão is also moving up in weight.  The news was broken in English by Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie.

In Barão’s case, the new IV ban and anti-doping program may be irrelevant. The Brazilian has simply struggled to make the weight, and it may not be the best division for him. He lost for the second time to current bantamweight titlist TJ Dillashaw in his last Octagon appearance — with both one-sided TKO losses. So, it’s doubtful Barão will receive another title opportunity any time soon.

Barão also struggled to make the bantamweight limit in a scheduled bout last year at UFC 177. The night before weigh-ins, Barão was admitted to the hospital and his bout cancelled.

After the most recent loss to Dillashaw, UFC President Dana White noted that “it would be a good idea to go up in weight.”

“He’s been having problems with the weight,” White said. “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.”

From May 2005 to February 2014, Barão enjoyed a 33 fight-strong undefeated run in MMA, including a seven fight win streak in the UFC. According to the report, he hopes to debut at featherweight before the end of the year.

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