Photo of Renan Barao by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting.
The main event of the UFC 149: "Faber vs. Barao" pay-per-view (PPV) that took place last night (Sat., July 21, 2012) at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, featured Urijah Faber taking on Renan Barao.
The stakes? Just the interim bantamweight championship and a promise to welcome Dominick Cruz back to the cage once he gets healthy. That's all. No big deal.
It's too bad my sarcasm was lost on the fighters.
Faber and Barao engaged in a five round "slugfest" and went all 25 minutes exchanging punches and kicks that may have accumulated damage but didn't serve to keep fans interested in the bout. The Brazilian was impressive in outclassing "The California Kid" but because of what happened during the main card, he's not going to get a great deal of credit for this one.
Fair or foul?
The entire opening frame was contested on the feet, as Faber did his usual bounce around routine while looking for an opening to land his fast and furious strikes. Barao, on the other hand, was quick and deadly, landing a few knees and punches that had "The California Kid" backing up.
That 29 fight unbeaten streak was no joke.
Faber was more aggressive in round two but he had a great deal of trouble finding his range. He would throw multiple punches at a time but not a single one would even come close to landing.
Barao was cool and calm, too, simply working his game from distance.
The rest of the fight saw both guys exchange punches and kicks with Barao getting the better of what seemed like every exchange. The Fight Metric numbers heavily favored Barao, too.
When the fight ended, the crowd chanted such things like "boring" and "refund" and "bullshit."
Yeah, it was that kind of night.
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