UFC 149 Results Recap: Renan Barao Vs. Urijah Faber

Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Renan Barao celebrates defeating Urijah Faber (not pictured) in the interim bantamweight title bout of UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

In the main event of UFC 149, Renan Barao picked up the UFC interim Bantamweight title with a unanimous decision win over Urijah Faber. Barao completely controlled the fight, which took place entirely on the feet. His reach and speed advantages were too tough for Faber to overcome, especially since he suffered a rib injury early in the fight that slowed him down. The scores were 49-46, 50-45, and 49-46.

Faber was credited with six takedown attempts by Fightmetric, but none of them were close to successful. The crowd, after dealing with three straight boring fights, were all over the fighters during the bout which was sort of unfair. The bout was exciting at times, but lacked the drama of Faber/Cruz 2 or other championship matches.

What was the high spot of this fight?

Barao's reaction to the decision. He started screaming and jumping around like a child in pure joy. It was actually kind of heartwarming in an odd way.

Where do these guys go from here?

Barao had talked before the fight about waiting for Dominick Cruz to heal up so they could unify the titles, but that will probably be a long time. He seemed agreeable to whatever the UFC wanted him to do at the post-fight press conference, so it seems pretty logical that he'll defend his interim title against Michael McDonald at some point late in the year.

Faber's stuck. He's out of the title picture, and the biggest fight he has available is against an injured champion. And he says there's no way he's dropping to flyweight. The time is right for Faber to meet Miguel Torres in a WEC dream match.

Watch it now, later, or never?

Later. It wasn't bad, and I think I'll enjoy it more after a second viewing, but it's not something you need to see immediately.

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