LAS VEGAS -- This is the UFC 143 live blog for Renan Barão vs. Scott Jorgensen, a bantamweight bout on tonight's UFC pay-per-view at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Barão (27-1) is undefeated in the UFC, having defeated Cole Escovedo and Brad Pickett in 2011. Jorgensen (13-4) won both his fights last year as well, beating Ken Stone and Jeff Curran.
The live blog is below.
Round 1: Barao snaps off a head kick that Jorgensen partially blocks. Heavy leg kicks from Barao, and Jorgensen answers it back. Barao throws a spinning kick and then a flying knee. Jorgensen catches him and goes for the takedown but Barao flashes great balance by staying on his feet. Jorgensen with a right hand. He shoots from distance and Barao has no problem stopping him. Barao looking loose with his standup, mixing it up with punches and kicks. Jorgensen scores a thudding right hand, his best strike of the fight. Barao goes back to work with kicks, causing Jorgensen to try to get inside. Barao lands a spin kick. It's the Brazilian's round, 10-9.
Round 2: Jorgensen shoots early, and Barao sprawls. The two begin trading kicks in the middle of the cage. Barao's are a little crisper, faster. Barao lands a left hook/straight right combo. Barao pressing forward as he controls the standup. Jorgensen shoots and ends up on bottom as Barao stuffs him. Jorgensen thinks about a kimura but it's never close. Jorgensen returns to his feet with 1:45 left. He goes to the body. Both fighters still look relatively fresh. That said, the pace has slowed a little as the two trade momentum shifts in the late part of the round. Barao takes the round again, 10-9.
Round 3: Jorgensen pushes forward early but his one-strike attacks get countered by Barao most of the time. Jorgensen tries a flying knee but lands short of the target. Barao is still pumping out the jab and then going to more advanced techniques like spin kicks. Jorgensen can't get to him with any sustained attack. Barao's leg kicks are also taking their toll. Jorgensen must know he's behind but he never really lets it go as time runs low. Barao's jab and overhand right are too much to overcome. It's Barao's round again.
Winner: Renan Barao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)