|Born||Renan do Nascimento Mota Pegado
February 27, 1987
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
|Other names||The Baron|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||146 lb (66 kg; 10 st 6 lb)|
|Division||Bantamweight (2007-2015, 2018-Present)
Featherweight (2005-2007, (2016-2017)
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Pederneiras|
|Years active||2005 – present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Renan do Nascimento Mota Pegado, better known as Renan Barão, (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁeˈnɐ̃ baˈɾɐ̃w]) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and the former UFC Bantamweight Champion. He held one of the longest unbeaten streaks in MMA history - following a loss in his professional debut, he recorded 32 straight fights without a loss (31 victories and 1 no contest) over a span of 9 years. During his championship reign, he was ranked as a top 3 pound for pound fighter and regarded as one of the best mixed martial artists in the world. His nickname Barão (baron), which predates his athletic career, was given to him by his grandmother after a character in the 1986 Brazilian soap opera Sinhá Moça.
- 1 Mixed martial arts career
- 2 Championships and awards
- 3 Mixed martial arts record
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Mixed martial arts career
He started his career in Kimura Nova União, a sports school in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Since turning professional in 2005, Barão has competed for Shooto Brazil and other smaller organizations in his native country of Brazil, having fought Rony Mariano Bezerra and Anistavio "Gasparzinho" Medeiros both former The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil contestants. He is a teammate and training partner of former WEC Featherweight Champion and former UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo at Nova União. He received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from André Pederneiras in September 2011 becoming the 100th black belt under Pederneiras in the process.
In January 2010, Sherdog named him their top prospect in their list of "10 Brazilians to watch in 2010"
World Extreme Cagefighting
Barão was expected to make his North American, as well as WEC debut in a Bantamweight bout against Clint Godfrey on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49, but Godfrey was forced from the card with an injury. Barão instead faced fellow WEC newcomer Anthony Leone at an agreed 142 lb catchweight. Barão defeated Leone via submission (armbar) in the third round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship & Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship
Barão was expected to make his UFC debut on May 28, 2011 against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 130, but an undisclosed injury forced Brad Pickett out of his fight with Miguel Torres on the same card. Johnson moved up to fight Torres, while Barão faced Cole Escovedo. Barão won his debut fight in the organization via unanimous decision.
Barão was expected to face Ivan Menjivar on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148 to possibly determine the number one contender. Barão instead faced Urijah Faber for the Interim Bantamweight title after current champion Dominick Cruz was injured. It was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 148 however, due to an injury to headliner José Aldo (who was supposed to make a title defence in the event's main event fight), the Faber/Barão bout was moved to July 21, 2012 and headlined UFC 149 for the Interim Bantamweight Championship. He won the fight via unanimous decision to become the Interim UFC Bantamweight Champion. He was expected to face Dominick Cruz for the unified UFC Bantamweight Championship at a later date. However, it was announced on December 4, 2012 that Dominick Cruz suffered a second ACL tear that would require surgery, leaving Cruz now sidelined for 6–9 months.
In his first title defense, Barão retained the UFC Interim Bantamweight Championship against Michael McDonald on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald. McDonald was competitive with capable take-down defense and crisp boxing - particularly - in the first two rounds, but was worn down by Barão's more diverse skill-set as he mixed in knees and kicks standing, and often looked to take the fight to the floor (with success). Upon executing a strong take-down in the fourth round, McDonald tried to explode to his feet but instead gave Barão opportunity to expertly secure an arm-triangle choke while passing into side control: McDonald tapped at 3:57 in the fourth round. The win also won him his first Submission of the Night honors.
Barão was scheduled to make his second interim title defense against Eddie Wineland on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. However, on May 21 it was confirmed that Barão had pulled out of the bout, citing a foot injury.
The bout with Wineland was rescheduled for September 21, 2013 at UFC 165. Barão retained the title with a second-round TKO victory via spinning back kick and subsequent punches to the face. With this victory Barão made history as the first and only fighter ever to defend an interim title more than once in the UFC. The win also resulted in Barão receiving his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.
UFC Bantamweight Champion
Barão was expected to face Dominick Cruz to unify the UFC Bantamweight Championship on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169. However, on a January 6 episode of SportsCenter, UFC president Dana White announced that Dominick Cruz had torn his groin, therefore being stripped of the UFC Bantamweight Championship, and Barão would become the undisputed UFC Bantamweight Champion, with his first unified title defense against Urijah Faber at UFC 169. Barão successfully defended his title by defeating Faber via TKO in the first round.
For his second title defense, Barão faced T.J. Dillashaw in the main event at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014. Barão was a huge favorite, but Dillashaw won the fight in dominant fashion out striking Barão in all five rounds, Dillashaw won via TKO in the fifth round to become the new UFC Bantamweight Champion. It was one of the greatest upsets of all time. The fight earned the Fight of the Night award.
Back to title contention
An immediate rematch with Dillashaw was scheduled to take place on August 30, 2014 at UFC 177. However, the day of the weigh-ins, Barão had to be admitted to the hospital as a result of his attempts to cut weight, and was removed from the card. Dillashaw eventually fought UFC newcomer Joe Soto whom he defeated by 5th-round knockout.
In his first fight since losing the title, Barão faced Mitch Gagnon on December 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 58. He won the fight via arm-triangle submission in the third round. The win also earned Barão his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
A rematch with Dillashaw was rescheduled and was expected to take place on April 25, 2015 at UFC 186. However a month before the event, Dillashaw was forced out of the bout after sustaining a broken rib while training.
Move back to Featherweight
Barão next faced Jeremy Stephens in a featherweight bout on May 29, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 88. He lost the back and forth fight by unanimous decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors for their performance.
Barão was briefly linked to a bout with Doo Ho Choi which was expected to take place on April 15, 2017 at UFC on Fox 24. However, as the announcement of the pairing began to circulate, Choi declined the bout, and as a result, Barão is expected to be rescheduled against a different opponent, possibly at another event.
Barão faced Aljamain Sterling on July 29, 2017 at UFC 214. The fight was initially contracted to be contested at bantamweight, however on June 28, the CSAC announced that they would not license Barão to compete at that weight due to his past struggle to make the required weight at UFC 177. The bout with Sterling proceeded as scheduled at a catchweight of 140 lbs. Barão lost the bout by unanimous decision.
Championships and awards
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Bantamweight Championship (One time)
- One successful title defense
- Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship (One time)
- Two successful title defenses
- Fight of the Night (Three times) vs. Brad Pickett, T.J. Dillashaw, Jeremy Stephens
- Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Mitch Gagnon
- Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Eddie Wineland
- Submission of the Night (One time) vs. Michael McDonald
- UFC Bantamweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|41 matches||34 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||34–6 (1)||Brian Kelleher||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens||February 24, 2018||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States||Return to Bantamweight.|
|Loss||34–5 (1)||Aljamain Sterling||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 214||July 29, 2017||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|Win||34–4 (1)||Phillipe Nover||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg||September 24, 2016||3||5:00||Brasília, Brazil|
|Loss||33–4 (1)||Jeremy Stephens||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt||May 29, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Featherweight. Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||33–3 (1)||T.J. Dillashaw||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2||July 25, 2015||4||0:35||Chicago, Illinois, United States||For the UFC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||33–2 (1)||Mitch Gagnon||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway||December 20, 2014||3||3:53||Barueri, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||32–2 (1)||T.J. Dillashaw||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC 173||May 24, 2014||5||2:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||32–1 (1)||Urijah Faber||TKO (punches)||UFC 169||February 1, 2014||1||3:42||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Defended the UFC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||31–1 (1)||Eddie Wineland||TKO (spinning back kick and punches)||UFC 165||September 21, 2013||2||0:35||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Defended the interim UFC Bantamweight Championship. Knockout of the Night. Later promoted to undisputed champion.|
|Win||30–1 (1)||Michael McDonald||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald||February 16, 2013||4||3:57||London, England||Defended the interim UFC Bantamweight Championship. Submission of the Night.|
|Win||29–1 (1)||Urijah Faber||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 149||July 21, 2012||5||5:00||Calgary, Alberta, Canada||Won the interim UFC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||28–1 (1)||Scott Jorgensen||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 143||February 4, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||27–1 (1)||Brad Pickett||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 138||November 5, 2011||1||4:09||Birmingham, England||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||26–1 (1)||Cole Escovedo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 130||May 28, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||25–1 (1)||Chris Cariaso||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 53||December 16, 2010||1||3:47||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Win||24–1 (1)||Anthony Leone||Submission (armbar)||WEC 49||June 20, 2010||3||2:29||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Catchweight (143 lbs) bout.|
|Win||23–1 (1)||Sérgio Silva||Decision (unanimous)||Jungle Fight 17: Vila Velha||February 27, 2010||3||5:00||Vila Velha, Brazil|
|Win||22–1 (1)||Jorge Enciso||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Platinum Fight Brazil 2||December 5, 2009||1||3:42||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||21–1 (1)||Marcio Nunes||Submission (kimura)||Eagle Fighting Championship||September 26, 2009||1||2:45||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||20–1 (1)||Paulo Dantas||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto 13||August 27, 2009||3||5:00||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||19–1 (1)||Jurandir Sardinha||TKO (punches)||Platinum Fight Brazil||August 13, 2009||2||0:21||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||18–1 (1)||Andre Luiz||Submission (triangle choke)||Watch Out Combat Show 3||March 19, 2009||3||1:38||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||17–1 (1)||Alexandre Pinheiro||TKO (arm injury)||Shooto Brazil 9||November 29, 2008||3||0:58||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||16–1 (1)||Rogerio Silva||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Watch Out Combat Show 2||September 25, 2008||2||3:21||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||15–1 (1)||William Porfirio||KO (knee)||Watch Out Combat Show 2||September 25, 2008||1||2:25||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||14–1 (1)||Fabiano Lucas||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto Brazil 8||August 30, 2008||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||13–1 (1)||Jetron Azevedo||Submission (armbar)||Leal Combat||June 5, 2008||1||4:56||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||12–1 (1)||Ronaldo Figueiredo||Decision (unanimous)||Natal Cage Vale Tudo||May 23, 2008||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||11–1 (1)||William Vianna||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto Brazil 6||April 19, 2008||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|NC||10–1 (1)||Claudemir Souza||NC (illegal soccer kick)||Black Bull Vale Tudo||December 12, 2007||1||5:00||Recife, Brazil||Barão was rendered unable to continue.|
|Win||10–1||Danilo Noronha||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto Brazil 4||October 27, 2007||1||0:33||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||9–1||Erinaldo Rodriguez||Submission (toe hold)||Shooto Brazil 3||July 7, 2007||1||1:33||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||8–1||Carlos Heide||Submission (triangle choke)||Garra Fight||April 25, 2007||1||N/A||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||7–1||Janailson Pereira||Decision (split)||Garra Fight||April 25, 2007||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||6–1||Rony Jason||Decision (split)||Cage Fight Nordeste||November 9, 2006||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||5–1||Caio Robson||TKO (punches)||Nordest Combat Championship||September 6, 2006||1||2:45||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||4–1||Gleison Menezes||Submission (kneebar)||Rino's FC 2||June 8, 2006||1||N/A||Recife, Brazil|
|Win||3–1||Dande Dande||KO (punch)||Fight Ship Looking Boy 2||November 22, 2005||1||N/A||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||2–1||Anistavio Medeiros||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Mossoro Fight||August 26, 2005||2||3:41||Mossoró, Brazil|
|Win||1–1||Melk Freitas||TKO (punches)||Tremons Fight||May 13, 2005||3||1:41||João Câmara, Brazil|
|Loss||0–1||João Paulo Rodrigues||Decision (unanimous)||Heat FC 3||April 14, 2005||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
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|Awards and achievements|
|New title||1st UFC Interim Bantamweight Champion
July 21, 2012 – January 6, 2014
promoted to UFC Bantamweight Champion
|2nd UFC Bantamweight Champion
January 06, 2014 – May 24, 2014