UFC 149 saw a new champion crowned, an interim champ that is.
Renan Barao pushed his winning streak to 29 fights by beating Urijah Faber via unanimous decision to win the UFC Interim Bantamweight Championship on Saturday night.
Barao made not have gotten the finish, but he decisively beat Faber thanks to his reach and his kicks. Each round he managed to out-point Faber and stay out of danger, leaving “The California Kid” puzzled throughout.
Barao certainly beat Faber in easier fashion than the actual champ, Dominick Cruz. It will be interesting to see if Cruz can find a way to stop the runaway train that is Barao. Barao may very well be the best 135-pounder in the world.
Faber has now lost his last five championship bouts, dating back to his time as a featherweight in the WEC. Though he is still highly competitive, he will likely not get another title fight anytime soon.
In the co-main event, Hector Lombard had a very unimpressive UFC debut.
The man considered to be a potential threat to Anderson Silva proved to be more of a threat to himself, as he was very tentative against Tim Boetsch. Neither man did much to impress, but two of the three judges believed that Boetsch did a little bit more, which earned him a split decision.
The poor showing from both men may open the door for Chris Weidman to earn the next middleweight title shot following his brutal KO win over Mark Munoz last week.
For complete results from UFC 149, check out the jump.
UFC 149 Results (Courtesy of MMAMania.com)
Saturday, July 21, 2012 – Saddledome in Calgary
135 lbs.: Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber by unanimous decision to win the UFC Bantamweight Interim Championship
265 lbs.: Cheick Kongo def. Shawn Jordan by unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Tim Boetsch def. Hector Lombard by split decision
170 lbs.: James Head def. Brian Ebersole via split decision
170 lbs.: Matt Riddle def. Chris Clements via submission (arm triangle choke) at 2:02 of round three
185 lbs.: Nick Ring def. Court McGee via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Francisco Rivera def. Roland Delorme via KO at 4:19 of round one
205 lbs.: Ryan Jimmo def. Anthony Perosh via KO at 0:07 of round one
135 lbs.: Bryan Caraway def. Mitch Gagnon via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:39 of round three
145 lbs.: Antonio Carvalho def. Daniel Pineda via KO at 1:11 of round one
155 lbs.: Anton Kuivanen def. Mitch Clarke via split decision