Renan Barao knows that he can make quite the statement Saturday night at UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz when he meets Brad Pickett in the co-main event. That’s because the 24-year-old is currently riding a 26-fight win streak.
UFC 138 takes place from the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. It will be show via tape-delay on Spike TV, while airing live in several other countries.
Barao (26-1) made his UFC debut with a win over Cole Escovedo earlier this year at UFC 130. In Pickett (21-4), he will be meeting a fellow bantamweight contender.
“I’m well-prepared, and I’ve been training my best. I’m the best I’ve ever been,” said Barao, in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. “I’ll be very different (than when he fought Escovedo). I trained a lot of wrestling and put a lot of hard work in my Thai boxing and boxing.”
Barao lost his professional debut, but has won all but one fight since – he had a no-contest mixed in during his current win streak. Most of his fights came in Brazil, where he is from.
“I’m fighting to the top, and if the title opportunity comes anytime, I’m more than well-prepared for his chance.”