Renan "Barao" Pegado is the UFC interim Bantamweight champion.

Renan “Barao” Pegado is the UFC interim Bantamweight champion.

In the Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight division, two fighters have stood out as the best since the division was welcomed to the promotion. Those two fighters are current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and current UFC interim bantamweight champion, Renan Barao. Those two will hopefully cross paths at some point in their careers, but for now, all that can be said is that Barao is the best fighter in the division.

What are some of his best wins in his career and how incredible is his current unbeaten streak?

Current Unbeaten Streak

In the first fight of his professional career, Barao lost to Joao Souza.  That was in April 2005 and what Barao has done ever since was win 30 of his next 31 fights with the lone no contest coming in 2007 to Claudemir Souza. Ever since that fight, Barao has won 20 straight including five in the UFC and two in World Extreme Cagefighting.

Notable Wins

  • UFC 138: vs. Brad Pickett

In his second appearance inside the Octagon, Barao travelled to England to take on the English-native, Pickett. Barao got the win in decisive fashion, earning Fight of the Night honors after getting first round Rear-Naked Choke.

  • UFC 149: vs. Urijah Faber for UFC Interim Bantamweight Championship

For years, Faber was the face of WEC featherweight division and this was his chance to become the face of the UFC bantamweight division while his rival, Cruz, was on the shelf due to injury. Instead, Barao controlled the 25-minute battle and became the interim champion.

  • UFC on Fuel TV: vs. Michael McDonald for UFC Interim Bantamweight Championship

In his first title defense, Barao went back to England to take on the upstart McDonald. In a fight that saw Barao get another win via submission (Arm Triangle Choke) and get Submission of the Night honors, he knocked the younger fighter from the top of the divisional rankings.