Barao on the move in pound-for-pound rankings

Tuesday February 4th, 2014
Renan Barao make quick work of Uriah Faber in their bantamweight championship fight on Feb. 1.
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With Weidman vs. Belfort set for Memorial Day weekend, and with Silva out of the picture for at least many months and perhaps forever, the jostling for position begins. The UFC Fight Night card in Brazil on Feb. 15 features a couple of bouts that will boost one or two contenders toward the top of the heap. There's Machida vs. Mousasi, of course, and also Souza vs. Francis Carmont. Either of the two Brazilians could find himself in a title bout with a win this month. If both are impressive, maybe they do a little rock-paper-scissors to see who gets the shot.

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