Renan Barao’s fourth victory inside the UFC’s Octagon was the biggest of his career, as he earned him the interim UFC bantamweight championship. Barao downed Urijah Faber over the weekend in the main event of UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao.
In an interview with MMAjunkie.com, Barao (29-1) discussed how his life has already changed just days after winning the title.
“My life changed a lot, thanks to God,” Barao said. “My hard work is being acknowledged. I worked very hard to get to this point and thanks to God we’re here.”
Barao could defend the interim title rather soon, as UFC president Dana White mentioned that he escaped any serious injuries during the bout. A meeting with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz to unify the belts is also on the horizon, depending on when Cruz returns from knee surgery.
“This dream is in my head, and I’ll never give up on it,” Barao said. “I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and is rooting for us. I’m very happy I’ve been able to help my family out. Thanks to God, everything is going well.