UFC on FOX 16: Renan Barao Says He’s “More Centered” Since Loss to TJ Dillashaw
By FCF Staff
Although Renan Barao had gone undefeated in 33 straight bouts prior to his loss to TJ Dillashaw last May, the former bantamweight champ elected to make some changes following the defeat.
Barao was stopped by Dillashaw in the fifth round at UFC 173, which marked the first time he had lost since 2005. The two were booked to fight again last August, but a disastrous weight-cut forced Barao to withdraw. A scheduled rematch in April was also cancelled after Dillashaw injured his ribs.
Now, the bantamweights are booked to fight again tonight at UFC on FOX 16, and Barao recently spoke to UFC.com about the match-up. While doing so, the Nova Uniao fighter relayed the following, while discussing what’s different about the Barao Dillashaw will face, this time round.
“I think I became more focused, more centered,” Barao said.” “I got better with my training. I used to try and train everything at once and the next day I’d be really bad. So we adjusted some things. And thank God it’s been working out.”
Barao returned to action last December and submitted Mitch Gagnon. Dillashaw, meanwhile, stopped Joe Soto at UFC 175, who replaced Barao at the event.
UFC on FOX 16 will be hosted by Chicago’s United Center.