Renan Barao's coach has laid out a challenge to new UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw just days after watching his charge lose convincingly, by asking him if he's man enough to fight in Brazil.
"There’s going to be a big event here in Brazil, apparently in October in Rio de Janeiro. Let’s see is these guys are man enough to fight Barao in his house." Said head coach, Andre Pederneiras in an interview with a local radio show.
"We’re asking for an immediate rematch. It’s fair, and we’re looking a way to do it. It can’t happen in less than five or six months, but I think that’s how long T.J. is going to be out. Everybody wants to see another fight between them, since it was the fight of the night."
Barao has never fought in his home country during his stint with the UFC and it's been four years since his last home fight, which was before his WEC days.
The former bantamweight champion was initially linked with a title fight against Raphael Assuncao for UFC 179 in October, from Rio de Janeiro, where both fighters would have crowd backing but that was of the thinking that Barao would beat Dillashaw.
Now the entire bantamweight division has shifted around, especially around the title contenders.
Assuncao is the main title contender at the moment and he was initially due to face Barao at UFC 173, before injury ruled him out. He holds a split decision victory over Dillashaw as well.
With that said, Urijah Faber is currently number one in the rankings and is a force in the division, when not in title fights at least. His status is complicated though, because Dillashaw is his Team Alpha Male gym-mate.
There's also Takeya Mizugaki to consider as well. The Japanese fighter was due to face Dillashaw before the injury to Assuncao. Instead he fought, and defeated, Francisco Rivera which stretched his winning streak to five fights - the second longest streak in the bantamweight division behind Assuncao.
Dana White hasn't ruled out the potential for an instant rematch for Barao but if he did it's unlikely he'd give Dillashaw such a handicap. The same goes for Assuncao's shot as well.
For Pederneiras, the fight against Dillashaw was difficult because Barao was stuck in 'automatic mode' and either refused to listen to his coaches or more likely, just couldn't hear/understand them.
"After the first knockdown, Renan couldn't get into the fight anymore and he went dizzy with every blow," he said. "Even between the rounds, when we were talking to him, he wasn't even looking at us.
"After the first round, we told him not to trade so he could recover, but it was like we had told him ‘go there and trade punches with him’ because that’s exactly what he did. He kept fighting and asked us who was winning the fight before the fifth. When the fight was over, he asked us what happened, if he won or if he lost."
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