Renan Barao is getting yet another chance to get his career back on course. And in bantamweight.
ESPN was first to examine the matchup.
Barao’s last excursion, a split decision loss to Andre Ewell in September, was contested by a catch-weight after Barao (34-7, 1 NC) came over five pounds heavy. That was the Brazilian’s straight loss and fifth in his last six outings, a demanding stretch which includes his failed bid to regain the bantamweight championship from T.J. Dillashaw back July 2015. His lone victory ever since then was a unanimous decision win over Phillipe Nover in a featherweight competition.
From May 2005 to February 2014, Barao recorded 31 consecutive victories (including one no contest). He caught a UFC interim bantamweight name (that was finally promoted to undisputed status while in the absence of then-champion Dominick Cruz) in 2012 and successfully defended it three times before losing it into Dillashaw.
Sanders will likewise be looking after falling three of his past four fights to break. “Cool H ” entered the UFC with a 10-0 record and had a powerful introduction submitting Maximo Blanco in January 20-16, but his sole triumph since was a unanimous verdict nod over Patrick Williams. In his latest outing this past August, Sanders dropped via Travels submission to Rani Yahya.
Both fighters can compete to recover their livelihood efficiencies and had triumph streaks snapped.
Holtzman is currently on a win series, considering connecting the UFC three decades ago his best stretch. He pumped out Alan Patrick in UFC 229 after documenting back-to-back unanimous conclusion wins Darrell Horcher and Michael McBride. He’ll look to continue that run against Lentz, a veteran of 2-1 UFC bookings. “The Carny” has had mixed results since moving back up to 155 lbs, going 4-3 in his come back.
Of late, Lentz conquered grey Maynard from second-round TKO in UFC 229 to boost his general UFC listing to 13-6-1 (with just one no contest).
ESPN was first to examine on the Holtzman-Lentz pairing.