Tatame reported this past weekend that former Shooto South American Featherweight World Champion and Nova Uniao prospect Hacran "Barnabe Dias (20-1-1 MMA) is close to signing to the UFC, where he will add on to a consistently progressing UFC Featherweight roster.
When officially signed to MMA's largest organization, Dias will bring five unanimous decision victories, two split decision victories, two back-to-back TKO wins by way of punches, nine submission wins, four of which came by rear naked choke, a win by way of TKO due to retirement (quitting on the stool), a 2008 draw against Takafumi Ito and a unanimous decision loss to Yui Chul Nam.
At 5'8", the 27-year-old submission ace is more than just a sweet Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, having shown the Nova Uniao trademarks of a hard leg kick and nice head movement as he's progressed through the sport. As he further progresses in the sport, eventually finding himself against the elite, MMA experts and martial arts diehards alike can eventually expect the signature Muay Thai offense some might expect out of Andre Pederneiras' Jiu-Jitsu Academy and Muay Thai monster factory.
With training partners such as UFC Featherweight Champion and consensus Top 3 pound-for-pound world-ranked phenom Jose "Scarface" Aldo, Diego "The Gun" Nunes, UFC Bantamweight machine Renan Barao, his cousin Marlon Sandro and the legendary Andre Pederneiras as his trainer, the sky may be the limit, but the glass ceiling for what Dias might be able to accomplish in his career is high.
Before we can speculate on potential opponents for Dias in his UFC debut, however, let us first gain some retrospective on how Dias reached this point in his career by getting a good look at 10 of Dias' most must-see highlights.