UFC 169 MARRED BY RENAN BARAO-URIJAH FABER REFEREE
Los Angeles, CA- Former World Extreme Cagefighting champion and #1 contender, Uriah Faber (30-7, 6-3 UFC) of Sacramento, CA was stopped in the first round by UFC bantamweight (135 lb.) champion Renan Barao (32-1, 7-0 UFC). Faber was holding his own until he got rocked the first of many times. With Urijah down, but defending himself, referee Herb Dean stopped the match to the chagrin of many, all the while Faber was giving Dean a “Thumbs Up” sign to indicate he was alright.
DEAN ERRED ON THE SIDE OF THE CHAMPION
From my perch, I thought stoppage was very early in my opinion. Barao was in control, but he was not landing anything when the fight was waived off. As noted, he had Uriah rocked multiple times, but I think Faber should have been allowed to continue. Barao has not lost a fight since 2005!
GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS!
Barao looks life he’ll be here to stay for a long time as his skill set is incredible. For Urijah, this latest loss is very much a setback, but something tells me he’ll be fighting for some title in the near future. Two reasons: 1) He’s the “California Kid” who draws well nationally. 2) The manner in which the fight was stopped.
GIVING LAMAS CREDIT WE DID NOT BEFORE
Ricardo Lamas (13-3, 4-1 UFC) failed capture Jose Aldo’s (24-1, 6-0 UFC) UFC featherweight (145) title, as he dropped a unanimous decision to the the champion. Despite losing the fight, Lamas put together a solid effort and shut a lot of his doubters up by closing strong and winning the final five-minute round.
ALDO TO FIGHT PETTIS FOR LIGHTWEIGHT (155) CROWN
Jose Aldo has lost one fight of 25, and like Barao that was back in 2005. Te fight was the only time Aldo had fought at 155 and was stopped. The now set Anthony Pettis-Jose Aldo match has ex-lightweight king Benson Henderson ticked! But seeing he lost twice to Pettis, both on submissions, Benson is just blowing smoke as Josh Thomson beat him in the minds of many a fortnight ago at UFC on FOX 10. Can Aldo fight at 155? We will see. By the way, like Barao, Aldo hasn’t lost since 2005.
TIME FOR FRANK TO PACK IT
On the undercard, former UFC heavyweight (265) champion Frank Mir (16-9, 14-9 UFC) lost a lopsided decision to Alistair Overeem (37-13, 2-2 UFC). Mir’s face was a bloody pulp by the end of the fight, as Overeem landed at will for nearly 15 minutes straight. This is likely the end of the road as far as fighting in the UFC for Frank. Mir is great behind a microphone, however, and has a promising career in that aspect of mixed martial arts. Scores were 30-27 across the board.
OTHER UFC 169 BOUTS
Chris Cariaso UD 3 Danny Martinez. (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nick Catone SPLIT DECISION 3 Tom Watson (29-28 & 30-27 Catone, 29-28 Watson.
Al Iaquinta UD 3 Kevin Lee. (29-28, 29-28, 28-27)
Clint Hester UD 3 Andy Enz. (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Rashid Magomedov UD 3 Tony Martin. (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ali Bagautinov UD 3 John Lineker. (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Abel Trujillo KO 2 Jamie Varner. (punch) Time: 2:32
Alan Patrick UD 3 John Makdess. (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)