Dillashaw knocked Barao down in the first round and kept punishing the champion until he finally got the finish in the fifth, becoming the first Team Alpha Male fighter to win a UFC championship.
Jose Aldo, Barao’s training partner and UFC featherweight king, thinks his Nova Uniao teammate didn’t think Dillashaw would be a dangerous challenger after finishing the likes of Urijah Faber, Eddie Wineland and Michael McDonald.
"Renan was well prepared, and of course he knew that (Dillashaw) was also well trained, but Dillashaw surprised him," Aldo said in an interview to radio show No Mundo da Luta. "Barao could have been better physically, mentally, everything, but he didn’t expect the way Dillashaw fought."
"Let’s say Barao was more relaxed than the other fights, he thought he would get in there as the champion, throw a punch and get the knockout," Aldo continued. "He didn’t have his feet on the ground, a good head."
Leading up to the fight, UFC president Dana White was hailing Barao as one of the best fighters in the game, and maybe that got into his head.
"Two days before the fight, Dana White said Barao was the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, that he could knock out every fighter, and maybe that made him underestimate Dillashaw, who got there humbly and showed how things work," he said.
Days after Dillashaw’s impressive victory, Team Alpha Male posted on Instagram a photo of a list of names that would have signed up for a seminar with Duane Ludwig, and Renan Barao was on the list. They deleted the photo and posted another one later, but it was too late.
"By their logic, how many times would we have to sign Urijah Faber in an MMA seminar at Nova Uniao?" Aldo said of the post.
"It was lack of respect. We always defeat them, Faber always lost to us and we never did that. We always respected them. We always tried to help them, like when they came here to the gym. We never disrespected them. But it’s cool. Let’s be patient, we will meet again. I have a fight coming up with Chad (Mendes), and Barao, God willing, will fight Dillashaw again and we will get the payback."