Renan Barao wins interim bantamweight championship

by Matt Erickson | source:

The UFC has another Brazilian champion.

It's an interim title, but a title nonetheless. Renan Barao dominated Urijah Faber for five rounds on Saturday to win the UFC's interim bantamweight belt, which was up for grabs with champion Dominick Cruz on the shelf following knee surgery. Barao cruised to win a unanimous decision with scores of 49-46, 50-45 and 49-46.

The interim bantamweight title fight served as the main event of Saturday's UFC 149 event at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

Barao joins Nova Uniao teammate Jose Aldo, the UFC's featherweight champ; middleweight champ Anderson Silva; and heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos as current UFC champions from Brazil.

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Title Fight Renan Barao Vs. Urijah "California Kid" Faber
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) - Fight was for the Bantamweight Title
Name Renan Barao Renan Barao
Height 5′ 7″ (170.18 cm)
Weight 135 (61.23 kg)
Record 11-1-0
Team Nova Uniao
Name Urijah Faber <a href=Urijah Faber" src="" />
Height 5′ 6″ (167.64 cm)
Weight 145 (65.77 kg)
Record 26-5-0
Team Capital City Fighting Alliance
Renan Barao defeated Urijah Faber by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46)


tags: Urijah Faber (detail)  Dominick Cruz (detail)  UFC 149   


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Northstars17 site profile image  

7/22/12 6:43 AM by Northstars17

Why was Barao so happy? Dom is going to destroy him.

Northstars17 site profile image  

7/22/12 6:42 AM by Northstars17


stonepony site profile image  

7/22/12 6:01 AM by stonepony

And, Barao seems like a nice guy. Unlike Lombard.

stonepony site profile image  

7/22/12 5:52 AM by stonepony

Brazil churns out a lot of amazing fighters for sure. I think Carlos will have something to say about it though. It sucks that that fight will take place after surgery and a layoff though. Depends how much his movement will be effected.

Braziliant site profile image  

7/22/12 2:17 AM by Braziliant

As expected, another Brazilian champion. Despite being the minority in the UFC, we're really conquering. The commentary might as well be in Portuguese ;)

stonepony site profile image  

7/22/12 1:21 AM by stonepony

They finish every "fight" in fake wrestling, maybe you should take a look?

rudj site profile image  

7/22/12 1:13 AM by rudj

 I didnt know string was involved. .. That explains it.

MiamiJ site profile image  

7/22/12 1:11 AM by MiamiJ

Not an exciting fight, but congrats to Barao.

stonepony site profile image  

7/22/12 1:07 AM by stonepony

Yeah, if you ignore the constant string of attacks from both fighters.

rudj site profile image  

7/22/12 1:03 AM by rudj

 Hand holding battle is more like it.