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Former champion Renan Barao released from the UFC after five straight losses

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Renan Barao hasn't won a UFC fight since a Sept. 2016 decision against Philipe Nover.
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Former bantamweight champion Renan Barao has been released from the UFC following a decision defeat to Douglas Silva de Andrade in Sao Paulo on Nov. 16, sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by Combate.

Once referred by UFC president Dana White as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, Barao (34-9, 1 no-contest) was let go after losing his previous five bouts, decision setbacks against Aljamain Sterling, Brian Kelleher, Andre Ewell and de Andrade as well as a knockout loss to Luke Sanders.

Barao hasn’t been the same fighter since losing his 135-pound title to T.J. Dillashaw in 2014, snapping an incredible 33-fight unbeaten streak that included UFC wins over Uriah Faber (twice), Eddie Wineland, Michael McDonald, Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen. He challenged Dillashaw for the title the next year, but came up short again.

The American Top Team fighter, who bounced between bantamweight and featherweight over the last few years, has gone 2-8 over his last 10 fights, tapping Mitch Gagnon in the third-round and a scoring a decision win against Phillipe Nover.