Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber for Barao’s UFC bantamweight championship
It’s time for the main event, as Renan Barao (31-1) puts us UFC bantamweight title on the line against Urijah Faber (30-6). These two met back in 2012, with Barao becoming the interim champion with a decision victory.
Since that time, Faber has finished Ivan Menjivar, Scott Jorgensen and Michael McDonald to earn another crack at the Brazilian.
Originally, Barao was to face Dominick Cruz to unify the belts, but Cruz suffered a groin injury and was forced out. The UFC stripped him of the title and awarded it to Barao.
Round 1: Here we go. These two had another intense staredown, something they’ve done all week. Big overhand right by Faber, and another, much to the delight of the crowd – which now appears to be pro-American after cheering Jose Aldo greatly just moments ago. They both throw kicks, but Barao gets the better of it. Fake the left and land the right works for Faber. Barao takes him down and pounces, firing away from the top. Faber survives and gets to his feet, but gets it again. Barao swarms and is teeing off. Faber ties him up and lands a knee. We have a war, baby. Faber is bouncing around now, but gets caught again. He tries to grab a leg, which he does, and Faber is protesting the stoppage. Barao looked up after landing a serious of shots, but none of them appeared to be doing any damage. Faber is in complete shock by the stoppage, but still congratulates Barao.
Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber via TKO (strikes) at 3:42 of Round 1