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Dana White thinks it's a 'good idea' for Renan Barao to 'go up in weight'

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The UFC president feels that his former bantamweight champion will never be the same and should move up to featherweight.

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After former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao got dominated again by new titleholder T.J. Dillashaw, last Saturday at UFC on FOX, UFC president Dana White feels, it might be time for the 28-year old Brazilian to move up a weightclass.

"Yeah, it's obviously his decision but I think it would be a good idea to go up in weight," White explained at the post fight press conference. "You know, he's been having problems with the weight. He didn't have problems yesterday -- he made the weight easy -- but he looks really drawn out and dry when he cuts weight. So he should probably move up."

Barao cuts a huge amount of weight to make the 135-pound limit. Originally, he was scheduled to face Dillashaw at UFC 177, but collapsed during the weight-cut and hit his head after he passed out. Cutting too much weight takes something out of a fighter, and clearly this is what happened to Barao last Saturday. Scheduled for a five round fight, he started to gas out already in the second round.

Barao has been unbeaten in over 30 fights and was considered to be the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, when he got shockingly defeated by Dillashaw in their first bout in May last year. Barao returned against Mitch Gagnon in December, but failed to impress. Now, in the rematch against Dillashaw, he looked like a mere shadow of his former self. White says, we may never see the old Renan Barao again.

"I don't know, it's weird because there are situations where, when a guy loses a certain fight in a certain way, he's never the same," he said. "It happened to Meldrick Taylor and a million other guys in boxing. And it almost looks like it happened to Renan."

If the Nova Uniao fighter can revamp his career in the 145-pound weight class, is another question, though. His teammate Jose Aldo is the current champion there, and with interim titleholder Conor McGregor and and a bunch of credible contenders, such as Dillashaw's teammate Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar or Ricardo Lamas, the weight class is far more stacked than the bantamweight division.

(Transcription via MMA Fighting)