Since it seems like a shot at the UFC bantamweight championship isn’t in the near-future, Renan Barao will instead await to see what the UFC has in store for him. Barao has won his first three UFC bouts, including a recent victory over Scott Jorgensen.
“We’re waiting for the definition,” said Barao’s coach, Jair Lourenco in a recent interview with Tatame.com. “There’s Ivan Menjivar, who’s coming strong, and the fight between (Michael) McDonald and that kid from Carlson (Gracie), Miguel Torres…We’re waiting (the winner) to do a last fight (before the title shot).”
Barao holds a record of 28-1 with one no-contest, and has not lost since his pro debut back in 2005. He was hoping to get a crack at UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, but Cruz will be a coach on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter and take on Urijah Faber after that.
“Sean Shelby (UFC matchmaker) told Dede (Andre Pederneiras, Nova Uniao leader) that it’s not interesting for Barao to just sit and wait, so we’re doing another fight,” Lourenco said.
Menjivar (24-8) is coming off a submission victory over John Albert, while McDonald-Torres are set to collide at UFC 145 in April.