Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. Fight Sports

Renan Barao feels 'no pressure' heading into UFC 169 fight against Urijah Faber

See also

According to a Jan. 30 post from Bleacher Report, hard-hitting Brazilian superstar Renan Barao (31-1, 1 NC) feels no pressure heading into his UFC 169 fight against Urijah Faber (31-6).

Barao, 26, says he hasn't even thought about UFC President Dana White wrapping the bantamweight strap around his waist at the end of the fight.

He's more concerned about using his UFC 169 fight to elevate the profile of the promotion's 135-pound division.

"I haven't thought much about that moment because I've been so focused on the fight," Barao said of having the strap placed around his waist. "But when I do get my hand raised and that belt is put around my waist as the undisputed champion, it will be one of the greatest moments of my life. There is no pressure because I've worked very hard for this, and it is going to be an amazing feeling.

"I want to be the start this division needs to get more recognition. I train very hard to put on a great show for the fans, and I love getting out there and fighting for them. I want people to be excited to watch me fight. The more people enjoy watching me fight, the more attention it will bring this division."

Barao says he's ready for a five-round war with Faber, and he doesn't expect it to be as easy as the last time they fought.

"Faber is a much better fighter than he was before," Barao said. "He's improved a lot in his stand-up game. He's made some changes in his rhythm, but I'm on to it and I will be one step ahead of him in this fight just like I was the last time.

"In the first fight I wanted to get a good grasp on the distance between us, and then once I found it, I could impose my will. This time around it is going to be the same thing. Faber is going to try to do some things to throw me off, but ultimately a fighter always goes back to what is the most comfortable for them. Once things settle down, it will be just like the first fight, and I will be able to do the things I plan to do."

Barao meets Faber in the main event of UFC 169. The event goes down on Feb. 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

UFC 169 also features a title fight between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas, along with a heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem.


Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    The set times you need to know have been announced for Coachella
    Festival Buzz
  • Lamar Odom
    The New York Knicks are giving Lamar Odom another shot in the NBA
    NBA Buzz
  • Porsha Williams
    See why 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha Williams posed for this mug shot
    TV News
  • NHL tickets
    If you're looking to catch an NHL playoff game in NYC, don't expect to do so on a budget
    NHL Buzz
  • Transcendence
    Review: ‘Transcendence’ fascinates, but does it rise above the field?
    Movies Buzz
  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant has agreed to cooperate with an all-access documentary about his life
    Sports Buzz

Related Videos:

  • <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Ronda Rousey fought Liz Carmouche in the UFC
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517684898" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Nate Diaz wants more money to fight in the UFC
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517188794" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!