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UFC 149 Play-by-Play: Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barão

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Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barão

Round 1: They touch gloves and the interim bantamweight title bout is underway.  Barao throwing kicks early.  Faber rushes in with a combination and eats a counter by Barao.  Barao has the center of the Octagon.  Faber works on the outside.  Faber delivers an inside leg kick.  Faber rushes in and gets hit with a right hand.  Faber switches his stance.  Barao misses with a spinning back kick. Faber lands an inside leg kick.  Barao answers with one of his own.  Barao throws a high kick and delivers a hard knee to the body.  Two minutes remain in the round.  Barao is winning the stand up exchanges.  Faber having issues getting inside.  Faber lands an inside leg kick.  Barao looking to counter.  They exchange jabs and leg kicks. Faber lands a straight right hand.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Barao.

Round 2: Faber switching stances.  He bounces and moves in.  Barao lands a right hand at the end of a combination.  Faber lands a right hand.  He jumps in and out.  Barao gets poked in the eye and is given time to recover.  The fight is restarted.  Barao misses with a spinning back kick. Barao moves in with a flying knee and lands a left hand.  Faber ties him up.  They separate and Faber lands a right hand on the break.  Barao executes an outside leg kick followed by a kick to the body.  Faber pushes forward with a flurry that all come up short.  Barao lands an outside leg kick and barely misses with a high kick.  Faber’s hair actually moved it was so close.  Faber moves in and Barao lands a right hand.  Faber circles on the outside.  Barao lands another outside leg kick.  They exchange.  Neither land anything significant.  Barao lands a right hand and an outside leg kick.  Barao lands another hard outside leg kick.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Barao.

Round 3: Barao’s corner tells him to keep attacking Faber’s lead leg.  Faber moves in with a right hand.  Barao opens up and lands a big combination.  Faber circles away.  Faber looks for a takedown and Barao easily shakes it off.  Faber lands a straight right hand. Faber lands a front kick to the body.  Faber delivers another straight right hand.  Barao catches a kick by Faber and lands a right hand.  Barao continues to damage the legs of Faber.  They exchange but not much landed.  Faber looks for a takedown but Barao stuffs it.  Faber lands an uppercut.  Barao answers with a right hand.  Barao lands a heavy outside leg kick.  Barao works the inside of Faber’s lead leg.  Barao lands another one.  Barao lands a stiff jab.  Faber moves in with a right hand.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Barao.

Round 4: Barao’s corner points out that Faber already has ice on his leg between rounds.  They’re at the center of the cage.  They exchange jabs.  Barao moves in with a right hand.  Faber ties him up.  They separate.  Barao delivers a hard outside leg kick.  Faber lands a knee to the body.  Faber goes low with a punch to the body.  Barao misses with a spinning back kick.  Faber steps in with a right hand and gets poked in the eye.  He says he’s okay to continue.  The fight is restarted.  Barao lands a lead left hand.  Faber answers with a right hand but takes another leg kick in the process.  They exchange jabs.  Barao lands a counter left hand and goes for a head kick.  Faber looks for a takedown but Barao shakes it off. Faber changes stances.  Barao lands a left hook to the body.  A jab by Faber finds its mark.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Barao.

Round 5:  Faber’s corner tells him to go for it with uppercuts and left hooks.  They hug to start the final round.  They take the center of the cage.  The pace has slowed considerably.  Barao lands a kick to the body and misses with a spinning back kick aimed at the head.  Barao lands a counter left hook.  Faber delivers a right hand to the body. Barao lands his jab.  He has stopped throwing leg kicks.  Faber moves in with two right hands that come up with air.  Barao starts to pick up the pace with two minutes left on the clock.  Barao lands a huge left hook.  Faber jumps in with a superman punch.  He lands a straight right hand.  Barao delivers his first leg kick of the round.  One minute remains in the fight.  Barao misses with a spinning back kick.  Barao lands a left hand.  He misses with a spinning back kick at the bell.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Barao.

The judges score it for Barao making him the UFC Interim Bantamweight Champion.  The scorecards read: 49-46, 50-45, 49-46.

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