Ex-UFC Champion Renan Barao Gets First Fight Since 2019 Release
Former UFC Bantamweight champion Renan Barao has a fight on the books that will mark his return to the MMA arena for the first time since being released by the UFC in 2019.
Barao, 34, will make his featherweight debut against Tyson Duckworth at Premier FC 32. The event will be live from MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts on Friday with FITE set to premier the whole event.
“The Baron” last fought in UFC in September 2019 where he was convincingly defeated by the fellow Brazilian Douglas Silva de Andrade via unanimous decision.
It was Barao’s fifth consecutive loss in the UFC, leading to him being struck off from the UFC roster.
After his release, Barao was scheduled to fight fellow UFC alumnus Bobby Moffett at Taura MMA 12 in November 2020. But the fight was called off when the event was indefinitely postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Barao has enjoyed significant success during his time in UFC as well WEC.
He was once regarded as the best bantamweight fighter on the planet when he captured the UFC bantamweight title in late 2019.
At UFC 165, Barao defeated Eddie Wineland with an outrageous spinning back kick, following it with the ground and pound to secure the interim bantamweight title.
Soon after, the Brazilian was announced as the undisputed champion with Dominick Cruz being stripped due to his inability to recover from the injury issues in time.
His first title defense came against Urijah Faber at UFC 169.
It proved to be his only championship defense as he lost the title to TJ Dillashaw just seven months later at UFC 173.
From that point on, Barao had a miserable run in the company with him being sliding to 2-7, including five-straight losses that led to his departure.
Barao’s next opponent Duckworth, 41, is currently riding a three-fight skid of his own into the bout.
Since competing mostly in his home state Alaska, the 41-year-old has now been fighting more frequently in the southeastern United States as well.
The event will be headlined by former UFC fighter Marcus Davis who will be up against Stephen Stengel with Barao vs Duckworth serving as the co-main event of the evening.