Thanks to four consecutive victories, Mitch Gagnon was given a shot at former Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 58: "Machida vs. Gagnon" tonight (Sat., Dec. 20, 2014) in Barueri, Brazil, just one bout removed from the Brazilian losing his title.
A win may have even been enough to earn him his own shot at the strap.
We'll never know.
He showed he was game early on, going blow-for-blow with the former 135-pound king. His speed and precision were key, as he continuously found his way inside to land punches. Barao answered the call by scoring a knockdown before the first round was out.
The second round played out largely the same, though there was no knockdown. In the third, Gagnon worked harder to earn a takedown but Barao defended each and every time. What's more, he earned one of his own.
He wasn't content to go to the judges scorecards, however. No, he avoided a Gagnon takedown, transitioned to an arm triangle, and scored the tap.
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