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UFC 138 Live Blog: Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao Updates

Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao is a fight on the main card of UFC 138.This is the UFC 138 live blog for Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao, a bantamweight bout on the main card of the UFC 138 fight card in Birmingham, England.

Pickett (20-5) is making his UFC debut after winning three of his past four WEC fights. Barao (26-1, 1 NC) is back in the Octagon after defeating Cole Escovedo at UFC 130.

The live blog is below.

Round 1: Pickett swings a haymaker early and Barao answers back with a bungalow of his own. A wild exchange follows, Barao seemed to land the harder shot. Great beginning. Pickett scores on a lead left hook. Barao shoots in, Pickett sprawls and fires off a wild overhand right that misses its mark. Barao snaps his opponent's head back with a series of jabs. We're midway through. Pickett settles into his boxing style. Barao throws a combo and leads at least two punches in the series. Pickett looks unphased. Moments later, Barao rocks Pickett with a knee. Pickett's wobbled and Barao swarms. Pickett falls backward and Barao stands over him with strikes. Pickett in major trouble, as the ref looks over him. Barao jumps on his back and sinks in the choke. Pickett resists, but it's no avail. It's over.

Winner: Renan Barao via rear naked choke submission, Rd. 1 (4:09)

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