UFC 169: Both Brazillians Barao & Aldo remain champions

ufc bantamweight champion renan barao

Barao defeats The California Kid again, Aldo dominates Lamas, Overeem finally back to winners bracket

In the bantamweight division, if you’re years older than your opponent in a championship bout, you’ve gotta make sure you’re able to defend the explosiveness and quickness of youth and bring it to the ground as soon as possible but unfortunately that’s exactly what Urijah Faber (34 years old) couldn’t do as he lost to the reigning champ Renan Barao (26 years old) again, this time in the very first round by technical knockout.

The end for Faber begun after he was dropped by Barao’s powerful straight right hander that went in between his gloves and although he managed to get back to his feet, Barao kept the pressure and never allowed him to recover. Eventually he was caught by a right hook which got him in a turtle position. Barao punished with some ground and pound while looking up at referee Herb Dean wondering if it’s enough. Dean told Faber to respond, which he sort of did, with a thumbs up but Dean didn’t see it and stopped the contest. Although Faber may have felt that it was a premature stoppage, he really didn’t seem he could make it through the round.

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Featherweight champion Jose Aldo dominated against his challenger Ricardo Lamas practically all rounds after the first, displaying incredible Muay Thai striking while also almost finishing it off on the ground. Aldo’s combinations to set up the low kicks were so effective that I thought Lamas wouldn’t be able to remain standing for long. Like what Joe Rogan said during the right, Lamas was simply outclassed. Aldo hasn’t lost since 2005 and have defended the belt 6 times. We might be looking at the best there’ll ever be for this weight class.

The bout between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir had a lot at stakes as Overeem has lost his last two fights and his debut win against Brock Lesnar was questionable, whereas for Mir, he lost his last three fights and usually, fighters’d get cut by the UFC if they lost three consecutive fights. Overeem dominated the first two rounds and hanged on for a decision win. He almost finished Mir in the first round with a lovely knee to the head on the clinch. With this being his fourth loss in a row, Mir might consider retiring.

All 7 fights in the preliminary card went to the judges scorecard, a total of 10 including the 3 more from the main card and no bouts ended with a submission. Even the President of the UFC Dana White said during the post-fight press conference that he wasn’t proud of this record.


Fight of The Night: Jamie Varner vs. Abel Trujillo
Knockout of The Night: Abel Trujillo
Submission of the Night: (no bouts ended with a submission)


Bantamweight Championship: Renan Barão (c) def. Urijah Faber | TKO (hammerfists) | R1 3:42
Featherweight Championship: José Aldo (c) def. Ricardo Lamas | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Flyweight: Ali Bagautinov def. John Lineker | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner KO (punch) 2 2:32


Lightweight: Alan Patrick def. John Makdessi  | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Flyweight: Chris Cariaso def. Danny Martinez  | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Middleweight: Nick Catone def. Tom Watson  | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Al Iaquinta def. Kevin Lee  | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Middleweight: Clint Hester def. Andy Enz  | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Rashid Magomedov def. Tony Martin  | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Neil Magny def. Gasan Umalatov  | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds

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