Coming into his UFC 169 fight with Urijah Faber, Renan Barao had already defended his interim title twice, stopping both Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland. Not to mention, he had wrestled the belt from Urijah Faber's wanting hands in the interim title fight that the UFC had put together earlier on. Impressive wins, which made it so that fans and MMA media alike fully accepted the UFC's decision to award him the real belt when Dominick Cruz went down once again with an injury.
"I was surprised with the news that Dominick Cruz got hurt again, but I always felt I was the undisputed bantamweight champion," Barao said, according to this MMAFighting.com article. "He hasn’t fought for a long time and I have defended my belt."
"I'm sad that he’s injured, I was training and hoping for this battle since WEC. I hope that he recovers soon, but I don’t feel the need to fight him to prove I’m the (real) champion."
That said, Faber had looked very, very good in his last four fights, dispatching of Ivan Menjivar, Michael McDonald, Scott Jorgensen, and Iuri Alcantara. So did Barao land that right hand or spinning back kick of his? Did Faber sink in the guillotine? Keep reading to find out.
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Here's the bottom line....Barao landed a huge right hand on Faber in round one, and then followed that up with punches on his grounded opponent. Despite the fact that Faber gave a thumbs up to the referee, the fight was stopped anyway. A controversial stoppage for sure.
Renan Barao defeats Urijah Faber by first round TKO.