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Renan Barao Wants the Unification Bout to Happen in Brazil

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Renan Barao defeated Eddie Wineland via a vicious spinning back kick at UFC 165 this past weekend, defending his interim bantamweight title. Wineland isn’tt oo happy with the timing of the stoppage though, calling it “bulls–t” immediately after the fight.

Barao disagrees, and defends referee Yves Lavigne’s decision to step in.

“The way I saw it, there was no way he was going to get back on his feet,” Barao said in an interview with MMAjunkie Radio. “He was done. It wasn’t my fault – it was the referee’s decision. But I don’t think there was any way he was going to come back [after being knocked down].”

In terms of what’s next, Barao hopes that the official bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz can make a return for a unification bout.

“Of course I what to fight Dominick,” Barao said. “I’m praying he gets better so the fight can actually happen. But if he doesn’t, it’ll be what the UFC decides. It’s not up to me. I just want to bring the belt back to Brazil. I’d like the fight to be in Brazil. It would be very special to me fighting in my home, where my fans are. If it doesn’t happen, I’m ready to fight, regardless. If it can, that’s a dream come true for me.”

Barao has not lost a fight since his debut in 2005. He is currently undefeated in the UFC, and holds a 31-1 record overal..