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UFC 143: Renan Barao Vs. Scott Jorgensen

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit. To access our full coverage, click here.

Round 1: A glove touch gets us started and Barao immediately fires off a hard head kick that Jorgensen blocks at the last second. Barao with an inside leg kick, then a hard right leg kick to the outside. Jorgensen returns fire with a right leg kick of his own. Barao backs Jorgensen up with a spinning back kick, then chases after him with a flying knee. Jorgensen goes hard for the takedown and Barao defends it deftly. He staggers Jorgensen with a hard jab that sets him flat-footed briefly. Barao defends another takedown after getting the better of a striking exchange. He turns Jorgensen into the cage and delivers a knee to the gut. Barao keeping Jorgensen off-rhythm with a stiff jab and inside leg kicks. Barao hits a hard right leg kick to Jorgensen’s thigh. Again. Jorgensen cracks Barao with a right and Barao returns fire with one of his own. Another hard outside leg kick by Barao hits its mark. Barao defends another takedown and turns him into the cage again, working a few knees to the thighs before separating. Barao catches Jorgensen across the face with a wheel kick. Barao clearly holding an edge in the stand up, serving Jorgesnen a steady diet of straight shots and hard kicks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barao

Round 2: They touch gloves again. Barao fires off two quick kicks and defends a deep double by Jorgensen. Barao going back to work with those stiff, straight punches and hard leg kicks. Barao cutting into the outside of Jorgensen’s left leg with kicks. Jorgesnen getting beat to the punch and out-classed. Barao tagging Jorgensen up, prompting the wrestler to shoot and pull guard. Barao in half guard; Jorgensen looking to isolate the right arm. Barao in Jorgensen’s full guard, working short punches and controlling from the top. Jorgensen trying to be offensive, but he opts to rise to his feet instead, shaking Barao off his back as they get up. Jorgensen trying to put the pressure on, but Barao isn’t having it, knocking him back again with a spinning back kick. Jorgensen tries for a round kick, but Barao blocks and makes him pay with punches. Another chopping leg kick lands for Barao. Jorgensen getting in some shots, but Barao getting the best of it, utilizing his more dynamic, kick-heavy attack to stifle Jorgensen’s offense.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barao

Round 3: A glove touch to start the final frame. Jorgensen looking aggressive, but Barao backs him off with a stiff one-two. Barao goes to the body with a right-left combo. Barao still beating Jorgensen to the punch for the most part, moving well to avoid his offense, while still staying in range to counter. Jorgensen’s corner (Joe Warren): “It’s now or never Scotty! Push the pace!” Barao goes for another jumping knee. Jorgensen tries for a jumping attack of some kind, but fails. Barao with another wheel kick to the head. Two minutes to go and this is still all Barao, though Jorgensen continues to wade forward. Jorgensen is starting to land on a slowing Barao, but Barao is still landing the harder shots, getting in mean leg kicks that are clearly taking a toll. They trade one-twos, Jorgensen getting in some good offense before the round closes.

FightLine scores the round 10-10

Renan Barao defeated Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)