World Extreme Cagefighting is rounding out its upcoming card with the addition of a bantamweight bout between Clint Godfrey and Renan Barao set for WEC 49, sources from the Nova Uniao camp in Brazil confirmed with MMAjunkie.com. The bout may not seem very interesting at first, but a closer look at Barao certainly ups the appeal.
Barao trains at the famous Nova Uniao camp in Brazil and is one of the main training partners of the WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. It is scary to think that there is a 135-pound version of the 145-pound champion, but Barao could be just that. The Brazilian began fighting in April of 2005 and debuted as a professional with a loss. Since that date, he is yet to taste defeat for a second time.
At 20-1, Barao has not lost since his debut, picking up six decision victories, nine submission victories, and five knockout victories. Dominating the Brazilian circuit over the past several years, Barao will now try his hands with an American promotion against Godfrey on June 20.
Godfrey has composed a record of 11-2 since his debut in September of 2006. However, an eight fight winning streak came to a close when Wagnney Fabiano defeated him via unanimous decision at WEC 46. The loss was not only to a top Brazilian mixed martial artist, but it was also to a member of the Nova Uniao camp.
Godfrey will look to right the ship and pick up some revenge of his own against a member of the incredible Brazilian camp on June 20 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at WEC 49. The card features a main event between top lightweight contenders Jamie Varner and Kamal Shalorus, as well as four other main card fights that have already been announced. Godfrey vs. Barao will fall on the preliminary card of the evening and will likely fall short of making it on to the Versus broadcast.