For the better part of 25 minutes, Renan Barao did just what Jose Aldo did several years ago to, picking Urijah Faber apart. This one handed Barao the interim UFC bantamweight title in the main event of UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao Saturday night.
Barao is now an impressive 29-1 with one-no contest, having not lost since his debut. He is a training partner of Jose Aldo, the current UFC featherweight champion.
"My coach worked with me on that (kicking the lead leg)," Barao said. "I knew Faber was a great athlete, a great fighter, but I was well prepared."
Barao landed 85 significant strikes to just 60 by Faber, while also holding an advantage in total strikes (85-62), head strikes (55-39) and leg kicks (20-10).
Faber, who is now 26-6, said the kicks by Barao were not the same as those handed out by Aldo. "Scarface" topped Faber back in 2010.
"Those were nothing like Aldo; Aldo really took my leg apart," Faber said. "I wasn't the same thing."
Barao is now in a position to face Dominick Cruz, the current UFC bantamweight champion, when Cruz returns from knee surgery.
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