Barao submits McDonald in 4th, retains bantamweight title

Sunday, February 17, 2013

If there was any doubt who are the two best bantamweight fighters in the UFC before Saturday, there’s none left now.

Renan Barao, who defeated Urijah Faber for the interim bantamweight championship in July at UFC 149, scored a solid victory over young hotshot Michael McDonald in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 7 at London’s Wembley Arena.

With a fourth-round submission win, Barao solidified his spot as the top contender to champion Dominick Cruz, who remains sidelined with a knee injury.

“Dominick Cruz, I’m ready for you. Please come quick,” Barao said through an interpreter.

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Michael McDonald Vs. Renan Barao
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5)
Name Michael McDonald Michael McDonald
Height 5′ 9″ (175.26 cm)
Weight 135 (61.23 kg)
Record 8-1-0


Name Renan Barao Renan Barao
Height 5′ 7″ (170.18 cm)
Weight 135 (61.23 kg)
Record 25-1-0
Team Nova Uniao
Renan Barao defeated Michael McDonald by Submission (Arm Triangle, 4th Round, 3:57)