“UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao” took place Saturday inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Canada.
Last night’s fights were met with very little fanfare, and now we all know why. Despite making their long-awaited debut in Calgary, and having Bret “The Hitman” Hart in attendance, ticket-payers were far from thrilled with the show’s product.
Boos rained down from the rafters for most of the featured bouts, including during the main event between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao (Pictured).
UFC president Dana White was thoroughly disgusted with much of the card, as well.
BTW, Barao took home the interim bantamweight crown with a lopsided unanimous decision victory.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Anton Kuivanen Defeated Mitch Clarke via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Antonio Carvalho Defeated Daniel Pineda via KO (Punches) at 1:11 in the 1stRound
Bryan Caraway Defeated Mitch Gagnon via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:39 in the 3rdRound
Ryan Jimmo Defeated Anthony Perosh via KO (Punch) at :07 in the 1stRound
Francisco Rivera Defeated Roland Delorme via KO (Punch) at 4:19 in the 1stRound
Nick Ring Defeated Court McGee via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Riddle Defeated Chris Clements via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:02 in the 3rdRound
James Head Defeated Brian Ebersole via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Cheick Kongo Defeated Shawn Jordan via Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Tim Boetsch Defeated Hector Lombard via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Renan Barao Defeated Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46) (Barao captures UFC interim bantamweight title)
Fight of the Night:
Bryan Caraway and Mitch Gagnon ($65,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Matt Riddle ($65,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Ryan Jimmo ($65,000)
According to UFC president Dana White, 16,089 fans packed the arena, garnering a live gate of $4.1 million.
White was heated because the pay-per-view fights were awful (outside of the main event). He was pleased with the prelims, however.
White claims bad refereeing is killing combat sports. He spotlighted Yves Lavigne for allowing Kongo and Jordan to grind each other against the fence for 15 ho-hum minutes.
Although he promised to make middleweight announcements tonight, White “wasn’t in the mood” to report anything after Lombard’s showing. He’ll figure things out in a couple of days.
White said Boetsch is in a very good position following his upset victory over Lombard.
Boetsch claimed he likely broke his right foot during the 2ndRound.
White thought McGee should have taken the decision over Ring.
Barao says it’s up to the UFC on his next opponent. He’s good with waiting for injured champ Dominick Cruz or facing someone else in the meantime.
Riddle respectfully called out Dan Hardy. Then proceeded to bash a “butter-toothed Brit” who spit in his face the last time he was in England. His rant was the lone bright spot during the gloomy presser.