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Renan Barao claims ‘everything changed’ at ATT, expects ‘nice’ KO win at UFC Orlando

Renan Barao wants to show how much he evolved while training at American Top Team, when he faces Brian Kelleher at UFC on FOX 28.

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Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao believes everything will be different from now on. His reason to claim came after spending the last months training at American Top Team in Florida, having previously devoted his entire career to Brazil’s Nova Uniao.

As Barao shared with Combate, he was more than satisfied with the changes he encountered.

“I got the best preparation possible,” Barao said. “I already wanted to move to the United States. I want to bring my son over here, in the future. I chose ATT so I could change my way of training, look for improvements. Since I already had some friends of mine training over there, telling me how different everything was, that’s what me decide. Everything changed. I’m doing my cardio with one coach, boxing with another, wrestling with another. I think I improved quite a lot.”

Asked how he would deal with his opponent, Brian Kelleher, Barao had few, but confident words to say.

“He’s a tough guy, coming off a win, but I expect a nice KO. I’m ready to give my best.”

Renan Barao will take on Brian Kelleher at UFC on FOX 28 in Orlando, Florida, on February 24. The card will be headlined by a featherweight match between Jeremy Stephens and Josh Emmett.

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