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Renan Barao is met with a gym full of screaming Brazilians inside Nova Uniao

'Obrigado' is the extent of my knowledge of the Brazilian culture. Call me ignorant, it's cool. It's not like I haven't heard it before from my father every time I explain to him that MMA is vastly more complicated than boxing. I also know that most Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners eat a lot of 'chicken and steak'. Jesus is also located in Brazil. Not sure why all these prisoners claim they found him in jail. Dude's a giant statue on top of a hill with the wingspan of a prime Manute Bol. Besides being able to see Jesus, Brazilians also have the uncanny ability to loudly celebrate at the drop of a hat -- or dime, whatever the idiom is.

Renan Barao is the bantamweight champion of the world. Well, at least he has a belt that greatly resembles what the UFC bantamweight champion has. The thing about interim belts is they're virtually indistinguishable from the 'real' belts. Therefore I'm a strong supporter of dipping all interim belts in Gak and then forcing the fighters to wear it. Yeah, I have a plethora of really dumb ideas this morning.

Check out this video of Barao being showered with praises when he returned to his gym just after defeating Urijah Faber at UFC 149.


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