It's an opportunity fans have wanted for Barao (28-1-1, 3-0 UFC) for quite some time now, given that he hasn't lost in the Octagon yet and currently rides a 28-fight unbeaten streak. I'm no Stephen Quadros, but 28 feels like a high number. I'm not sure I could fight 28 chihuahuas and emerge with a spotless record.
The man is an absolute killer in the cage. I mean that figuratively. But he figuratively murders and dismembers people with that special blend of jiu-jitsu poured over Muay Thai that has made champions out of training partners like Jose Aldo.
And yet, not a lot of people have heard of Barao outside the hardcore set, at least when compared with The Ultimate Fighter coaches and beverage/shaving cream spokesmen Faber and Dominick Cruz, the injured bantamweight belt holder.
If you've never heard of him before, here are the five dates that changed the course of Barao's career and got him where he is today. Hardcore fans will probably learn something, too.