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Renan Barao wins, shines again

Originally Published: February 18, 2013
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

Two major bantamweight fights down. One more to go this weekend if you're counting Ronda Rousey's 135-pound title fight with Liz Carmouche. And there's no reason not to -- even though neither woman represents Nova Uniao.

The Brazilian camp has an incredible knack for churning out talent in the bantamweight division. There's never been a better time to be a pupil of Andre Pederneiras. That was evident Thursday when Nova Uniao teammates Eduardo Dantas and Marcos Galvao locked horns at Bellator 89.

Saturday in London, too, when Renan Barao, like the budding UFC champion he seems to be, impressively handled young American Michael McDonald.