UFC 149 Recap: Faber vs. Barão
The prelims were stacked and the main card was lackluster, so if you missed UFC 149, you may have made the right choice. In any case, we've got your results right after the jump.
Nova União standout Renan "Barão" Pegado used leg kicks and punches to keep Team Alpha Male fighter Urijah Faber at bay. Faber injured his rib early in the fight after eating a heavy knee from the Brazilian black belt, and the "California Kid" attempted multiple takedowns, all unsuccessful. Winning the interim bantamweight championship puts Pegado next in line to face Dominick Cruz
Boetsch defeated Lombard in one of the more lackluster fights of the evening, eking out a split decision victory in a fight with very little action.
Cheick Kongo defeated late replacement Shawn Jordan by decision, primarily by holding him against the cage in the clinch.
James Head defeated Brian Ebersole, who stepped in as a late replacement for Claude Patrick, via unanimous decision.
In the only main event bout that did not go the distance, Matt "Deep Waters" Riddle found a standing arm triangle, took the fight to the ground with an outside trip, and finished the choke with just under three minutes left on the clock. Riddle won "Submission of the Night" honors for his handiwork.
Preliminary Card on FX
Nick Ring secured a unanimous, though controversial, decision victory over Court McGee. It was a very close match, in which both fighters landed kicks and punches.
The heavy-handed "Cisco" Rivera landed his fourth straight victory, defeating Roland Delorme with a stunning left hook, following up with two precise strikes on the ground before the ref had seen enough.
It only just seven seconds for MFC light heavyweight champ Ryan "Big Deal" Jimmo to knock out BJJ black belt Anthony "the Hippo" Perosh, putting an end to the Australian's 3-fight winning streak with his heavy right hand and winning Knockout of the Night honors in the process.
"Kid Lightning" was successful in his bantamweight debut. Although he took a lot of punishment in the form of heavy punches and elbows, especially in the first round, Gagnon appeared to lose a bit of steam. Caraway went back to his grappling roots, first establishing a body triangle and then securing a rear-naked choke until Gagnon was forced to tap. Caraway and Gagnon both received Fight of the Night bonuses.
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
It only took one minute and 11 seconds for Carvalho to unleash a vicious right hook and follow-up uppercuts against Pineda, showcasing improved striking in this featherweight scrap. (We're also very proud of referee Mario Yamasaki for stopping a fight.) Pineda filled in on short notice for an injured George Roop.
Helsinki fighter Anton Kuivanen showed improved counter-wrestling and scored his first UFC victory, defeating Clark by split decision. Although Clarke landed several takedowns, Kuivanen worked to get back up, reverse position and land some punishment of his own. A gifted submission artist, Clarke worked for an armbar, kimura and other submission attempts, but Kuivanen showcased some improved defensive and offensive wrestling, even scoring a takedown of his own in the 3rd round and managing to maintain top position. He also landed many knees and punches in the final round.