“UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao” took place Saturday night inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Urijah Faber and Renan Barao battled for the interim bantamweight title in the featured attraction. Hector Lombard made his long-awaited big league debut when he faced Tim Boetsch in the night’s co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Anton Kuivanen Defeated Mitch Clarke via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Clarke immediately lands a single-leg takedown. Kuivanen momentarily gets to his feet, but is slammed back to the canvas for his efforts. Kuivanen manages to reverse and is in top position. Clarke eats a big right hand. Kuivanen is a tad careless with his ground-and-pound attack and gets caught in an armbar. He escapes, though Clarke takes his back. Close round to score. Clarke, 10-9.
2ndRound: Clarke scores another takedown within seconds. Kuivanen is able to sweep and ends up in Clarke’s half-guard. Clarke overpowers him and takes his back. Kuivanen scrambles and ends up in top position. Clarke rocks him with a nasty up-kick. Clarke, 10-9.
3rdRound: Kuivanen turns the tables and puts Clarke on his back in under a minute. Clarke is active off his back, attempting a kimura. Kuivanen is simply smothering him on the ground. Kuivanen, 10-9, but likely lost, 29-28.
Antonio Carvalho Defeated Daniel Pineda via KO (Punches) at 1:11 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Carvalho momentarily drops Pineda with a head kick. They exchange leather in the pocket. Carvalho floors him with a vicious right hook and pounces. It’s a wrap.
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Bryan Caraway Defeated Mitch Gagnon via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:39 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Gagnon plants him on his back in under a minute. He momentarily took his back. Caraway is eating some big punches. Caraway tries an armbar from off his back. Gagnon escapes and is giving him the business. Caraway’s face is bloodied. He gets to his back, but Gagnon is draped all over his back. Caraway wiggles free and takes his opponent down. Gagnon, 10-9.
2ndRound: Gagnon is landing some bombs. Caraway eats a knee to the grill. Caraway weathers the storm and gets the takedown. Gagnon gives up his back. He’s laying the lumber now. Gagnon spins free and gets to his feet, but appears absolutely gassed. Caraway, 10-9.
3rdRound: Caraway secures a takedown and has four minutes to work. He locks on a body triangle. Caraway slaps on a rear-naked choke and Gagnon is forced to cry uncle.
Ryan Jimmo Defeated Anthony Perosh via KO (Punch) at :07 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Jimmo clobbers him with an overhand right. Perosh is unconscious on the canvas. Jimmo just tied Duane Ludwig for the fastest knockout in UFC history.
Francisco Rivera Defeated Roland Delorme via KO (Punch) at 4:19 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Rivera clips him with a right uppercut and follow up with a flurry. Very little offense coming from Delorme thus far. Delorme tries to get a takedown, but eats several shots for his troubles. Rivera continues to beat him to the punch – and kick, for that matter. Rivera tags him with a left hook and it’s lights out for Delorme.
Nick Ring Defeated Court McGee via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Bret “The Hitman” Hart escorts Ring to the Octagon. They are each exchanging kicks early. McGee scores on a one-two combination. Ring’s two takedown attempts get stuffed. Ring tags him with a right hook and follows up with a straight left. Ring, 10-9.
2ndRound: McGee continues to stalk his opponent around the cage. He lands on a flurry and follows up with a head kick. McGee scores with an uppercut. Ring wobbles him with a straight left. And another. Ring thwarts a takedown attempt. Close frame to score. Ring, 10-9.
3rdRound: If Ring wins this fight, he can thank his straight left hand. McGee connects on an uppercut. He grazes Ring with a spinning back-kick to the midsection. McGee is starting to bring the pain, but Ring is hanging in there. McGee tries a guillotine choke to no avail. McGee, 10-9, but likely lost, 29-28. It will come down to how the judges saw the second stanza. McGee might have gotten the stoppage if he pounded on Ring’s head instead of going for the submission.
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Matt Riddle Defeated Chris Clements via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:02 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Riddle landed a momentary takedown. Clements tags him with a big left hand. Riddle nails him with a kick to the midsection. Referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in thinking it was a low blow, but it wasn’t. Time was never officially stopped. Lost opportunity for Riddle. Riddle secures a takedown and takes his back. He decides to let Clements back up. Interesting… Riddle, 10-9.
2ndRound: Riddle grabs a hold of a single-leg and gets a takedown. He advances to his back, slaps on a body triangle and has over three minutes to work. Clements lands a big elbow on the ground. Riddle is simply smothering him on the canvas. Clements finally wiggles free. Clements scores a takedown and tries to flurry before the horn blares. Riddle, 10-9.
3rdRound: Riddle nails him with a head kick. He trips him to the mat for a second, but Clements gets right back up. Clements attempts a spinning back-fist, Riddle ducked and caught him in a standing arm triangle. Riddle trips him to the ground and Clements is forced to cry uncle. That was pretty slick by Riddle.
James Head Defeated Brian Ebersole via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Head stuffs a weak takedown attempt. Ebersole eats a one-two combination. Head unleashes a barrage against the fence. Ebersole nails him with a combo and caps it off with big left. Head attempts a guillotine choke, but Ebersole isn’t fazed. He escapes and ends up in top position. Ebersole drops a right bomb. Head pushes him off. Ebersole tires a cartwheel kick, but comes up empty. Ebersole, 10-9.
2ndRound: Ebersole immediately goes for a shot and Head successfully sprawls. Head lands a couple of punches. Ebersole connects on an uppercut. Not too much action in the middle stanza. Head clocks him with a knee to the dome, but gets taken down for his efforts. Head sweeps just before the horn sounds. Close round to score. Ebersole, 10-9.
3rdRound: Head clocks him with a right hand, Ebersole counters with a leg kick. Ebersole is unsuccessful on another takedown attempt. Head is starting to win the standup battle. Head takes his back and drags him to the mat. They’re back to their feet. Head stuffs yet another takedown try. The crowd rains down boos for the first time tonight. It will be interesting to see how this scrap is scored. Head, 10-9, but likely lost, 29-28.
Cheick Kongo Defeated Shawn Jordan via Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Jordan has him clinched against the cage and is trying to plant Kongo on his back. Kongo reverses and takes his back. Kongo takes an elbow to the groin and time is called. He’s laid out on the ground in pain. Game on. Kongo comes out firing. He has Jordan pressed against the fence. Tough period to call. Kongo, 10-9.
2ndRound: Jordan eats a knee to the grill. They tussle against the cage. Jordan is working hard for a takedown attempt. Kongo unloads a knee to the midsection. Kongo scores with two straight right hands. Crowd starts booing. Kongo is draped all over him, but not unleashing any shots. Kongo drags him to the ground, but Jordan reverses. Kongo, 10-9.
3rdRound: Kongo connects with a right hand and immediately goes for a takedown attempt. The crowd is really letting them have it now. Third verse, same as the first (and second). Kongo, 10-9, and probably swept the cards, 30-27. UFC president Dana White just tweeted, “BOOOOOOOOO!”
Tim Boetsch Defeated Hector Lombard via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Boetsch dives for a takedown to no avail. Lombard lands an uppercut and scores a takedown. They get back to their feet. Boetsch doing a good job of using front kicks to keep Lombard at bay. Boetsch lands another solid leg kick. Lombard is winging heavy leather, but hasn’t landed anything significant. Close stanza to score. Boetsch, 10-9.
2ndRound: Lombard clocks him with an overhand left. He follows up with two unanswered punches. Boetsch continues to pound away on his opponent’s lead leg. Crowd once again voicing their displeasure with the inactivity inside the Octagon. Lombard lands a kick to the body and pounces. Boetsch fights his way back up and appears to have recovered. Lombard, 10-9.
3rdRound: Even if Lombard wins, this isn’t what UFC brass expected from him in his highly-anticipated debut. Boetsch’s shot gets stuffed. The crowd is really letting them have it. Lombard picks him up and slams him to the mat for a brief moment. Boetsch nails him with a knee on the way up. Lombard, 10-9, and probably won, 29-28.
Renan Barao Defeated Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46) (Barao captures UFC interim bantamweight title)
1stRound: Mario Yamasaki is the third man inside the Octagon. Faber charges forward and eats a couple of punches for his troubles. Barao grazes Faber’s face with a spinning back-kick. He follows up with another head kick. The Brazilian now scores on a knee to the midsection. Faber is having trouble closing the distance, especially because Barao is using kicks. Barao, 10-9.
2ndRound: They are flinging the leather. Barao takes an accidental finger to the eye and time is called. Game on. Barao unleashes a flying knee and flurries. Faber is unfazed. Barao is landing more shots and is starting to damage Faber’s lead leg. “The California Kid” can’t seem to find his range. Barao, 10-9.
3rdRound: Barao nails his lead leg again and follows up with a flurry. Faber attempts a takedown to no avail. Faber scores with a front kick and right hand combo. Faber answers with an uppercut. Barao connects with a straight right hand. He tags Faber’s lead leg again. Barao, 10-9.
4thRound: So far, each frame has been a mirror of the last. Faber needs to figure out how to cut the distance. Faber takes a finger to the eye and time is called. Game on. Barao punishes his body. Faber’s left thigh is starting to show some wear, not quite like what Jose Aldo did to it, though. Barao, 10-9.
5thRound: Faber needs a finish, but he’s not fighting like it. Nothing new to write, just read what happened in the previous four rounds. Barao appears to know he’s got this on lock and is cruising to the finish line. Easy for me to say, as Faber eats another vicious leg kick. The crowd is not happy. Barao, 10-9, and should have swept the cards, 50-45.