Renan Barao has one of the more incredible win streaks in all of MMA, as the UFC bantamweight title contender has not lost since making his pro debut in 2005. Twenty-eight wins, and one no-contest, later and Barao finds himself in the biggest match of his career.
On July 21, in the main event of UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao, Barao and Urijah Faber will meet for the interim UFC bantamweight title. The contest takes place from Calgary, Alberta, Canada on pay-per-view.
During a media conference call on Thursday, Barao explained that he understands why it took nearly 30 minutes for the first question to be presented to him. The 25-year-old is 3-0 since joining the UFC in 2011.
“I think I’m just not as well-known by the American public,” said the Brazilan native. “That’s not a problem, and it doesn’t offend me. I just need to become known inside the Octagon.”
Barao mentioned the language barrier as one of the main reasons a lot of Brazilian fighters don’t carry over into the U.S. as easily. Many have used that to claim Anderson Silva isn’t the kind of star here as he is in his native country.
For Barao, none of that matters; all he’s concerned about is winning the title and pushing his win streak to the next level.
“I am very happy for this opportunity,” Barao said. “It’s a dream to fight for the title. It’s something I have dreamt about for years.”