Renan Barao has said that he'll do whatever it takes to get a shot against TJ Dillashaw - including fighting for free.
The Brazilian lost the UFC Bantamweight title to Dillashaw back in May in one of the shocks of the year, and now all he wants is his second chance.
After a rematch was cancelled due to illness Barao has been put on the backburner for a title shot, but that hasn't stopped him from trying to reclaim what he feels is his.
No win, no fee?
Speaking to USA Today Sports, Barao spoke his plans, should he beat submission specialist, Mitch Gagnon UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway this Saturday.
“My goal is to fight for the belt no matter who has it,” he said. “But I do want to fight T.J. Dillashaw again, and I want to make that clear. I would face T.J. Dillashaw even for free if I had to."
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Man on a mission
“I hope he’s training because we’re going to fight each other soon,” Barao said. “We’re going to meet again in the near future, and it’s going to be a brawl.”
It's a bold claim from Barao and he's unlikely to be held to his word (although it won't hurt the UFC to try) but still, it shows the desire to win that's needed at the top of the division.
A year to forget
After nearly a decade of winning, 2014 was a huge shock to his system. Beaten by Dillashaw, forced out of a title fight at the last minute - which earned him no favours with anyone - his fight with Gagnon is hopefully the kickstart to a better 2015.
"It was definitely not the best year,” Barao said. “Unfortunately, life is not always the way we want it to be. We had a few setbacks, a few problems, and we’re getting back into it and looking at all those things that happened."
“I was very sad in the beginning, but as an athlete, you've got to take that and move it forward. Now my goal is to get back in there and win a fight and get back to the belt.”
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