The Ultimate Fighting Championship appears to be cleaning house this Friday.
According to Combate on Friday, Renan Barao (34-9, 1 NC) has been released from his UFC contract. The cut comes on the heels of his fifth consecutive defeat, as he dropped a decision to Douglas Silva de Andrade in November.
Barao is one of a small number of former champions to go on lengthy losing streaks inside the Octagon following the loss of their belt, and joined the likes of Carlos Condit, Andrei Arlovski and B.J. Penn. The Brazilian sports a record of only 2-8 in his last ten, dating back to his loss to T.J. Dillashaw in 2014. That loss, a fifth-round head kick knockout at the hands of the former Team Alpha Male standout, snapped a 33-fight unbeaten streak that lasted almost a decade. In that stretch, Barao defeated fighters including Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland to secure and defend his bantamweight strap.
After losing his title to Dillashaw and suffering the first stoppage loss of his career, Barao briefly went to featherweight and engaged in a "Fight of the Night" loss against Jeremy Stephens. The fights that followed included multiple occasions where Barao missed weight by several pounds, as well as a 140-pound catchweight contest against Aljamain Sterling that began this five-fight skid he currently rides. The 32-year-old leaves the promotion with a UFC record of 9-8, although he started at 7-0 before hitting this rough patch.