UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao (29-1) says he doesn't enjoy cutting to 135lbs. The natural featherweight dropped down a division to avoid his Nova Uniao stablemate Jose Aldo (22-1), who holds the 145lbs strap. Barao told MMA Junkie he walked around at the same weight as Aldo and hoped to return to featherweight sooner rather than later.
"I feel very good in this weight division, but I feel in two or three years, if Aldo decides to move up a weight division, I might do that, too ... I used to fight at 66 kilos (145 pounds), but when we closed the deal with the WEC, our trainer decided that I needed to fight at bantamweight because I would never be champion since Aldo had been there forever. He wanted another champion on the team ... Actually, I'm naturally the same weight as Aldo, but I cut more to make weight. I think I would suffer a lot less. I sacrifice a lot by cutting. I'd be able to eat a little better and relax a little more. I think the weight cut is what makes me most nervous going into a fight. I get very neurotic. I would be much more relaxed."