Keep reading to find out if they were correct.
Round one saw Faber move out of the way of a couple of Barao kicks early before moving in and connecting with a grazing combination. Faber landed a solid low kick. Then he connected with another punch from a combination as he moved forward. Nice body kick from Barao. Nice leg kick by Faber. Solid inside leg kick by his Brazilian counterpart. Barao landed a solid knee to the body after a couple of aggressive attempts.
In the end, Barao picked things up later in the stanza, while Faber did better early. Hard to call a winner.
The second round wasn’t quite as close. Barao really began to hurt Faber with leg kicks. He also connected with some stinging punches, and generally hit home with the cleaner stand up. Faber needs to change things up if he’s going to have a chance here.
Early in round three, Faber landed a couple of solid rights, only to have Barao connect with a hard leg kick and follow it up with a serious punching combination. Soon after, Faber hit home with a nice right hand, then a front kick. Though Faber connected with another right hand, when Barao answered in the same fashion, it moved his opponent back some. The Brazilian is simply hitting harder than his adversary. That said, through the round Faber hit home more.
This is a close fight. It’s not all that entertaining right now, but it is close.
Round four was the same story. Barao tended to hit less but harder; Faber hit more but with less effect. Hmmmm……this is going to be a close call if it goes to decision.
Round five was simply more of the same. In the end, the winner would be determined by how impressed the judges were by Barao's power and leg kicks.
Renan Barao defeats Urijah Faber by unanimous decision. The judges made the right call.