While this past weekend’s UFC 149 event will not go down as an all-time classic, but there was a new UFC Interim Bantamweight champion crowned on Saturday Night. There was also a big time UFC debut at UFC 149 as the former Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard stepped into the octagon. Also, a UFC Ultimate Fighter alumnus made a huge impact and a UFC Ultimate Fighter Champion fell to a controversial decision.
Round One: The California Kid Got Punished
A lot was made of the long winning streak of Renan Barao heading into UFC 149, but whether or not you feel it was filled with tough fight or cupcake fights, the streak now has a title victory added to it. After five rounds of action, Renan Barao used his superior striking skills to outwit Urijah Faber on route to capturing the gold. Renan Barao now has an interesting choice in front of him…wait for UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz to heal or start defending his title. Urijah Faber is still a very popular fighter amongst the UFC faithful, but it will be interesting to see what his future holds.
Next Round For Renan Barao: UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz
Next Round For Urijah Faber: Mike Easton, Michael McDonald or Brad Pickett
Round Two: A Bad First Impression
There was a ton of hype for former Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard’s UFC debut, but the hype was non-founded after a boring fifteen minutes. Tim Boetsch used his range and striking skills to wear down Hector Lombard on route to a decision victory. While the victory was not a flashy one, Tim Boetsch now finds himself a victory or two away from a UFC Middleweight Title shot. Hector Lombard did not live up to the hype in his UFC debut, but he will be getting another opportunity in the future.
Next Round For Tim Boetsch: Michael Bisping/Brian Stann winner, Vitor Belfort or Alan Belcher
Next Round For Hector Lombard: Mark Munoz, Wanderlei Silva or Rousimar Palhares
Round Three: The Riddle Solved
Matt Riddle was a fighter who was always on the verge of becoming a bigger name in the UFC, then came UFC 149. In the third round of his fight with Chris Clements, Matt Riddle locked in a standing arm triangle choke before taking the hold to the ground to force a tap out. In my vivid memory of the UFC, this is the first time that I had ever seen a standing arm triangle choke lead to the finish. Sadly, while this was an excellent fight to kick off the pay-per-view, it was the only highlight of the pay-per-view.
Next Round For Matt Riddle: Siyar Bahadurzada, Charlie Brenneman or Dan Miller
Next Round For Chris Clements: Carlo Prater, Stephen Thompson or TJ Waldburger
Round Four: The Court Is Out Of Session
If there was one robbery that took place on Saturday Night at UFC 149, it took place on the preliminary card when Court McGee battled Nick Ring. For three rounds of action, Court McGee out struck Nick Ring, with the exception of a few counter punches. Personally, I thought the UFC Ultimate Fighter Champion in Court McGee took him an easy decision. However, the fight took place in Nick Ring’s home country of Canada and it seemed like home country judging was in full effect.
Next Round For Nick Ring: Riki Fukuda, Jared Hamman or Tom Lawlor
Next Round For Court McGee: Kyle Noke, Alessio Sakara or Luiz Cane
Round Five: Seven Seconds
Ryan Jimmo entered the UFC on Saturday Night as a pretty unheralded signing, despite winning sixteen of seventeen professional MMA fights. His opponent was Anthony Perosh, who was in the midst of a career resurgence with three straight wins in the UFC. In just seven seconds and a single punch later, Ryan Jimmo stood victorious over Anthony Perosh as he lay unconscious on the octagon fence. What made the victory even sweeter for the UFC fans was watching Ryan Jimmo perform the robot after his victory.
Next Round For Ryan Jimmo: James Te Huna, Cyrille Diabate or Chad Griggs
Next Round For Anthony Perosh: Tom DeBlass, Vladimir Matyushenko or Wagner Prado
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