Renan Barao, you’ve been out for so long that you came back with new teeth. It’s a new style, a different style. We have to get better, right? What did you do? I spiced it a little. Did some esthetics, a few thingsů And that’s it. New smile and haircut, right? A different style. We have to change everything, get better all the time. Always evolving. Are you more handsome? The girls are talking, right? So that’s it. Talking about your fight, you’re out for a while and
this fight was supposed to happen a long time ago. What did you do during this time off,
besides working on your new look? I never stopped training. I focused on some things here and there. Since the fight was delayed, I used this time to
work on my jiu-jitsu, train with the gi. I stayed in Natal for a while, working on this area with my team Kimura.
I trained a lot, absorbing new techniques. The first fight was basically standing the whole time.
Do you think it’s going to be different this time? I don’t know. We’ll dictate the rhythm of the fight. My goal is to fight forward, like I always did. My goal
is to try to submit or knock him out at any moment. Unfortunately, I couldn’t dictate the rhythm in the first fight because
I took a hard punch in the beginning of the fight and was too slow, so he fought the way he wanted, and that’s
why it was standing the entire time. I will be more concentrated this time
and won’t risk getting hit again. You recently said that Dillashaw is not a
real champion, that he’s a clown. Why? No, not a clown. I just don’t respect him.
I didn’t call him a clown. No athlete in there is a clown. I just don’t respect
him as a champion. I will go there and fight. Why don’t you respect him? He talks too much, is a joker, and that’s
why I don’t consider him a champion. After your last win in Barueri, you said you didn’t
perform the way you wanted because of that last loss. Now that that loss is in the past and you won again,
do you think you will fight better now against Dillashaw? It’s not like I didn’t perform because of the loss, it’s the entire picture.
A lot of things. I had never fought for the UFC in Brazil before. Fighting in Brazil is different, the adrenaline is completely different.
But, for sure, I’m cool about it now. I fought here several times before entering the UFC, but
haven’t fought after. The adrenaline is completely different. I came back to training before starting my training camp, I’m lighter, absorbing
new techniques, and will be ready to go there and fight like I always did. You were undefeated in the UFC, hadn’t lost in 30 fights. Now that you lost, do you think you’ll be able to let your
game flow, and that there’s more pressure over Dillashaw? I think there’s more pressure over him for being the champion,
like I had before, but the goal is to let my game flow. Be fine, confident, brawl and bring the belt back to Brazil. How do you see Jose Aldo’s next fight,
against Conor McGregor? I think it’s going to be a great fight.
Aldo is a great champion. He’s not there to play or talk,
so this title won’t leave Brazil. Do you think McGregor deserves to fight Aldo for the title, or you
think he won the title shot by talking more than fighting? He’s a tough guy, is coming off some wins, but he
talked more than fought. But that’s it. Every fighter had his opportunity and he’s having his.
He’s there to do his job. There are some rumors about Aldo moving up
to 155 pounds after this fight. If he moves up, do you think about going to 145, or you
plan on winning the title at 135 and stay in the division? I think I have a lot of work to do at 135 pounds. I plan on staying
in this division for a long time, but I don’t make the call. I have an entire team and they make the call.
What’s best for the team will happen. Dillashaw posted on his social media that
he’s training a lot with the gi. Do you think that’s a sign that he’s worried
about fighting you on the ground? I don’t know, I don’t even look
at Instagram, I just do my job. I know I train jiu-jitsu a lot, with the best in the world, and if he
wants to go to the ground with me, he will be in trouble. How do you see this fight ending?
Knockout, submission or decision? Like I said, my goal is to fight forward all the time.
My goal is to get the knockout or the submission at any moment. I won’t shy away from my roots.
My goal in this fight is to fight forward. I will try to submit him, try to knock him out at any moment. Dillashaw impressed a lot with his movement, his footwork. How do you plan on stopping a guy that moves that fast?
In the first fight, he surprised you with that. Actually, he didn’t surprise me with his speed.
I got hit in the beginning of the fight and was too slow. You see that in his next fight, he wasn’t as fast as he was against me.
I’m not worried about it. I’m fast enough to trade with him. Unfortunately, that’s what happened. I got hit and was like a zombie,
I couldn’t throw my punches and kicks like I should.