Renan Barao Returns, Faces Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night 58 in Brazil

October 15, 2014
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Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao will return to the Octagon with a fight against Mitch Gagnon on Dec. 20, officials announced on Wednesday evening.

The 135-pound affair adds to the growing UFC Fight Night 58 card, which takes place at the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For Barao (32-2, 1 NC), the newly announced fight is his first since having to pull out of the UFC 177 main event against T.J. Dillashaw in August. Just a day before the bout was to take place, Barao fainted and hit his head during his weight cut. He was replaced by Joe Soto, who ultimately lost to Dillashaw in the pay-per-view’s featured bout.

Gagnon (12-2) is on a four-fight win streak and is 4-1 in the UFC. In his most recent bout, Gagnon earned a first-round finish of Roman Salazar by rear-naked choke at UFC Fight Night Halifax.

The upcoming fight card in Sao Paulo is scheduled to be headlined by a middleweight title fight between Lyoto Machida and C.B. Dollaway.

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  • Sean

    How is it a middleweight title fight when neither lyoto machida or cb dollaway have the title?

    • TheCerealKiller

      He probably meant title contender, but I don’t think that would be right either.

    • Guest

      Use your brain & work it out.

  • NoTitleFight

    Title fight? Interim maybe? LOL what a moron! This journalist should find another career, ’cause he sucks at journalism.

  • TheCerealKiller

    The UFC has Barao #11 pound for pound and #1 contenter at BW. Gagnon wasn’t even ranked, they just squeezed him in at #15. This isn’t a legit fight.

  • Guest

    Mitch Gagnon is about to become B#tch Gagnon.

    • used2bgood

      I think Alpha male have already figured out Renan…if Faber puts his hands on him, he is going to win….

      • drkdisciple

        like he did the first two times?

      • ac

        Dillashaw has a significant speed advantage on Renan that I’m not sure Faber also enjoys.

  • shakejunt

    gagnon certainly deserved a step up, but nobody was expecting this far up.

  • Import

    Machida and Barao on the same card for free … Merry Christmas! 🙂