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UFC 130: Renan Barao Vs. Cole Escovedo

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UFC 130 kicks off in the bantamweight division.

Round 1: Barao lands a takedown early, then starts in with the ground and pound. After a good amount of time spent on the ground, Barao backs out and the two go to work on their feet. A nice body shot-right kick combo lands for Barao. Barao goes for the clinch and then Escovedo pulls guard. Barao slams him to the mat, where he works body shots from the top. Referee Steve Mazagatti gets the two back to their feet with just over a minute to go. The two go to work on their feet, but Barao gets Escovedo back to the mat with emphasis in short order. He goes to work with elbows and avoids the triangle attempt by Escovedo. scores the round 10-9 for Barao

Round 2: Barao lands first with a good left hand and Escovedo answers with a punch that has Barao on weak legs. Escovedo lands a nice knee and pours on some follow up offense that looks to briefly have Barao in trouble, but the Brazilian fires back with two solid body kicks. Escovedo returns. Barao gets the takedown off of the cage, but can’t do much with it and Mazzagatti stands them up. Escovedo goes for the choke and Barao defends until the bell. scores the round 10-10

Round 3: Barao with a flying knee early, the pair hit the mat shortly afterwith Barao on top, but he can’t make much happen from the position. Escovedo kicks him off and they hit their feet again. Escovedo going to work with some kicks, but Barao shuts him down with a nice elbow to the face. Barao with a good front kick. Escovedo tries with a pair of kicks that are partially blocked. Barao tries a switch kick in mid-air that is denied. Escovedo landing frequently with leg kicks. Barao with a spinning back kick, followed by a jumping knee. Barao looks to have slowed Escovedo with a nice one-two, the right straight landing espcially hard. He follows that up with a sick takedown. Escovedo establishes butterfly guard and they fight for position against the cage. Barao backs out of Escovedo’s guard and fires off another good front kick from their feet. Barao going to work with spinning back kicks, and he completes another takedown near the end of the round. One more at the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Barao

Renan Barao defeated Cole Escovedo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)