Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
Nova Uniao currently has two champions in the UFC - featherweight champ Jose Aldo, and interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao. The camp has tried to spread out their fighters amongst divisions to the best of their ability, so they wouldn't have to face each other. While this didn't work out with Diego Nunes (who has since left Nova Uniao), it has with Renan Barao. In an interview with MMA Junkie though, Barao said that he'd consider going back to featherweight if Aldo made the jump to lightweight:
"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."
"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. He wanted another champion on the team."
Surprisingly, he says that he's the same size as Aldo:
"Actually, I'm naturally the same weight as Aldo, but I cut more to make weight. I think I would suffer a lot less. I sacrifice a lot by cutting. I'd be able to eat a little better and relax a little more.
"I think the weight cut is what makes me most nervous going into a fight. I get very neurotic. I would be much more relaxed."
If that's true, wow. Aldo has had major problems with his weight cut before. If Barao is the same size, no wonder he feels like he sacrifices a lot by cutting. For now though, Barao will defend his interim title against Michael McDonald in the main event of UFC on Fuel 7 next weekend in England.