Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Renan Barao (blue golves) and Urijah Faber (red gloves) during the interim bantamweight title bout of UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
"The strategy we devised worked very well, from the weight cut to the fight. Everything was 100 percent. It only could have gone better if he had scored a knockout, as we planned, but he hurt his foot on Faber's knee or shin early in the second round and he couldn't kick with his right leg. We planned on kicking the legs a lot, and that ended up killing one thing he would have done. Today, he'll take some tests to see how the foot is. The fight lacked a knockout, but we have to take our hats off to Faber. I had already spoken to him before and he is an American with the heart of a Brazilian fighter.'
According to Andre Pederneiras, head coach to current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao, a bum right foot was part of the reason why Renan couldn't score a knockout victory over "The California Kid' this past weekend (July 21, 2012) at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Well, that and he tells Sherdog that Faber is an American fighter with the heart of a Brazilian. The two scrappy 135-pounders went toe-to-toe for a full 25 minutes on "Cowtown" and in the end, it was Renan who had done enough to earn the judges nod, despite aiming for a knockout finish. The gang at Nova Uniao is definitely making strides and is on their way of becoming one of, if not the best camps for the smaller weight classes in mixed martial arts (MMA). They already have two belts to prove their dominance and perhaps a third is in the near future with the UFC's recent signing of flyweight Jussier da Silva.