If UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo does indeed make a move to lightweight, current interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao (29-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) could also move up a division.
“I feel very good in this weight division, but I feel in two or three years, if Aldo decides to move up a weight division, I might do that, too,” Barao recently told MMAjunkie.com.
“I used to fight at 66 kilos (145 pounds), but when we closed the deal with the WEC, our trainer decided that I needed to fight at bantamweight because I would never be champion since Aldo had been there forever,” Barao said. “He wanted another champion on the team.”
No one may be more happier to hear this news than Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz, who would no longer have to deal with an absolute killer in their divsion. Still, Aldo and Barao have to get past Anthony Pettis and Michael McDonald respectively before we can even consider this historic weight shift of champions to be closing in.
“I don’t know what it is now, but I’ve been doing it so long that I’m very intuitive in my work, and as soon as I saw her, I could have her make 135 pounds in [two days],” he said. “I guarantee it. ... And she’d be in world-class shape.”
Santos, who said she walks around north of 170 pounds, spoke to Dolce about her lifestyle, including training and her diet. From that conversation, Dolce said he was able to identify ways for her to successfully make such a drastic weight cut, even in such a short timeframe.
“Now, I don’t suggest that,” he said. “I suggest we have a great 12- or 16-week training camp. The more, the better because she’ll be healthier, and she’ll be better able. But this is what I do. ... I’m not bragging. It’s just what it is. I know how to do it healthy.”
I don't doubt Dolce's talents. His work speaks for itself. However, I have a hard time believing that assisting Cyborg in dropping from 170 lbs to 135 lbs will be easy, let alone in the span of a couple of days.
The evidence continues to mount regarding Cyborg's potential to make it down to bantamweight. Hopefully Tito Ortiz decides to do the right thing and get his client in touch with Dolce for a shot at a big-time payday against Ronda Rousey.
Bibiano Fernandes and Phil Baroni Draw One FC 5 Opponents
A day after learning that former UFC champions Andrei Arlovski and Jens Pulver would be making their One FC debuts in August, we have two more bouts to add to the promotion’s debut in the Philippines.
Former Dream champion Bibiano Fernandes, who recently signed with the promotion as well, has his first opponent in Gustavo Falciroli. UFC veteran Phil Baroni is also returning to the One FC fold for a fight against Rodrigo Ribeiro.
Both bouts are slated for One FC 5: Pride of a Nation on Aug. 31 in Quezon City, Philippines.
In addition, a trio of Gracies (Igor, Gregor and Rolles) are expected to be in action as well.
Ask anyone that has been following the steady rise of One FC and they will tell you that all four of the promotion's events to date have certainly been worth a watch. Now mixing in notable names along with exciting international talent, it'll be interesting to see how far things can go.