Urijah Faber will try to win the UFC interim bantamweight title Saturday night at UFC 149 (Esther Lin, MMA Fighting).
This is the UFC 149 live blog for Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao, a bantamweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
Faber, who has won three of his last four fights, will fight Barao, who has a 29-fight unbeaten streak, in the main event for the interim bantamweight title.
Check out the live blog below.
Round 1: Barao feins at a high kick. Faber using a lot of motion. Faber rushes in and eats a Barao combo. Crowd chanting for Faber. Barao with a front kick. Both guys throwing kicks. Barao misses with a spinning back kick. Barao lands a high kick and a knee to the body. Every time Faber rushes in he eats a few punches. Barao clearly going to the Jose Aldo playbook with his kicks. Faber lands a late straight right, but Barao landed most of the significant strikes in the round. MMAFighting scores the round for Renan Barao, 10-9.
Round 2: Cat-and-mouse game continues in round two. Ref Mario Yamasaki calls time as Barao catches an accidental eye poke. They're back after a short break. Barao connects on a flying knee, followed by a clinch. Faber lands a right hand on the break. Barao makes solid contact with a low kick midway through. Faber having trouble getting untracked. Barao's low kicks are starting to do damage. Barao with a low kick and a solid combo. MMAFighting scores the round for Renan Barao, 10-9.
Round 3: Faber lands a jab early. Barao once uses a leg kick to set up a combo. Faber's left leg is starting to swell. Faber catches Barao with a right hand as Barao came toward him. Faber with a straight right. Barao with a right which knocks Faber backwards, he rushes after Faber but Faber gets to safety. A Faber uppercut lands, but Barao responds with a right. Barao lands his biggest leg kick of the fight. Faber doesn't seem to have a path to victory here. MMAFighting scores the round for Renan Barao, 10-9 (30-27).
Round 4: Faber's still moving and still looking for a way to break through, but his leg is pretty obviously hurt. Barao misses a spinning back kick. The crowd is booing, which is unfortunate given the amount of thrills Faber has given fans over the years. Yamasaki calls time as Faber absorbs an eye poke. We're back after a short break. Same story in round four as the first three, as Barao peppers Faber. Barao goes for another head kick, which Faber catches. Faber grabs a leg but can't do anything with it. MMAFighting.com scores the round for Renan Barao, 10-9 (40-36).
Round 5: Barao's got the fight well in hand, so he doesn't look like he's going to take any chances. Faber knows he needs to come up with a home run, but he just isn't able to find an opening. Faber catches a Barao kick, but Barao spins out of the way. Barao has an answer for everything Faber tries to do. Barao connects on a nasty left hook with two minutes left. Final minute. Barao throws a spinning back kick. While Faber has been one of MMA's most thrilling fighters over the past several years, tonight was basically the night which showed he's no longer a title contender. MMAFighting scores the round Renan Barao, 10-9 (50-45).
Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber to win UFC interim bantamweight title via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46).
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