At UFC 169, champions Jose Aldo (23-1) and Renan Barao (31-1) will compete on the same card as co-headliners. In the evening’s main event, Barao will attempt to get rid of the “interim” status in front of his bantamweight title by beating long-injured linear king Dominick Cruz, while Aldo will seek his seventh straight win since obtaining featherweight gold. The two Nova Uniao teammates recently sat down with to discuss the journey from impoverished, up-and-coming Brazilian stars to two of the best fighters on the planet and how important their friendship has been in terms of in-ring success. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)