Renan Barao has been considering a move to featherweight for some time, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to make the jump anytime soon.
In a recent interview on MMAjunkie.com Radio, Barao stated that the timing will be up to his coach. For now, he’s just focused on a potential title unification bout with Dominick Cruz.
“Andre is going to decide what’s best for the team,” Barao said. “I’ve still got a lot of time to stay in the weight class. But it’s up to my coach.”
“Of course I want to fight Dominick,” he added. “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.
“Since we’re waiting all this time, I can wait a little longer till February when he gets back. Then I can legitimately get the belt.”
Barao most recently defended his interim title in dominant fashion, defeating Eddie Wineland at UFC 165 last week. He has not been defeated in over eight years, amassing an incredible 31-1 MMA record.