Renan Barao Speaks on Victory Over Eddie Wineland at UFC 165
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.25.2013
He doesn’t think it was an early stoppage…
MMAjunkie Radio interviewed current interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao this week (September 25). Barao commented on the referee stoppage in his recent knockout victory over Eddie Wineland at UFC 165 last Saturday. Barao spoke via a translator. Below are some highlights:
Barao on the stoppage against Wineland: "The way I saw it, there was no way he was going to get back on his feet. He was done. It wasn't my fault – it was the referee's decision. But I don't think there was any way he was going to come back (after being knocked down)."
Barao on executive his spinning back kick: "I've always done the spinning kick in fights – I've done it before. Against Wineland, I saw the opportunity. In the first round, he was taking a few steps back. The second round, I saw the perfect opportunity. I thought I could do it – it was the right opportunity. The first round, what we do is study the opponent. Apart from the kick, I thought it was a good opportunity to use my jiu-jitsu (in the second round). I'm a black belt, so I thought if I put him on the ground, that would be it. (The jiu-jitsu) was coming."
Barao on wanting to face Dominick Cruz next: "Of course I what to fight Dominick. I'm praying he gets better so the fight can actually happen. But if he doesn't, it'll be what the UFC decides. It's not up to me. I just want to bring the belt back to Brazil. I'd like the fight to be in Brazil. It would be very special to me fighting in my home, where my fans are. If it doesn't happen, I'm ready to fight, regardless. If it can, that's a dream come true for me."