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Renan Barao used crisp boxing, solid leg kicks, and great takedown defense to pick up a unanimous decision win over Scott Jorgensen in the second main card bout at UFC 143. Jorgensen didn't look bad, but he couldn't get Barao to the floor and was frequently countered by Barao's fast hands. All three judges had it 30-27 for Barao.
The bout opened with an quick pace, as expected. The fighters exchanged leg kicks, and Barao landed with a spinning kick. He attempted a flying knee, but Jorgensen caught him and looked for a takedown. Barao stayed upright though, and landed a stiff jab. Scott shot in again, but again was stuffed. Barao continued to kick the leg, while Jorgensen countered with jabs and right hands. Barao attempted another spinning kick, but only landed partially. It was a solid first round for Barao overall.
Jorgensen immediately went for a takedown at the start of the second, but got stuffed. Once again, Barao started to land leg kicks with incresing frequency. He also started to land counter rights a lot more. Jorgensen attempted another takedown, then pulled guard. Barao worked in Scotty's guard while Jorgensen looked for a kimura or a sweep, but couldn't get anything going. Jorgensen got back to his feet with 90 seconds to go, but couldn't get much going on the feet. Barao landed a spinning back kick to the body and multiple right hands to close out the round.
Barao looked slightly slower early in the last stanza, while Jorgensen looked completely fresh. It didn't really matter though. After Jorgensen would land a glancing blow, Barao would counter with a strong right on Scott's chin. Jorgensen got a little bit of blood out of Renan's nose and pushed the pace as much as he could, but the more solid strikes were coming from Barao once again. There wasn't a lot going on for the last minute or so, but Barao landed more than Scott did.
Barao entered the bout coming off a dominant win over Brad Pickett at UFC 138, and hadn't been defeated in over six years. Jrgensen had picked up two wins in a row since dropping a decision to UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in December 2010.