With present titleholder Dominick Jackson sidelined following latest ACL surgery treatment, the B razil secured declare to No. 1 contender's position after ending out Faber in the five-round pay-per-view headliner of Saturday's UFC 149 occasion at Scotiabank Saddlehome in Calgary.
Despite a battle card ruined by accidents, UFC 149 marketed out in a few times and counted a Scotiabank Saddledome history with a stay checkpoint of $4.1 thousand. But the top level determined a sequence of long awaited but quite bad presented points of interest, and boos perished out the post-fight meetings following the evening of top level.
Faber, a former WEC champ who shifted to the UFC when the special offers combined this year, taken part in his Eleventh name battle in his previous 16 performances. But like an Apr 2010 reduction to Barao's team mate, featherweight champ Jose Aldo, Faber was stunted by painful low sneakers that set up up energy blows and kept him from ending the range.
With his platform gone and the range too excellent, Faber couldn't put the B razil on his returning, where he had his best taken at success. Instead, Barao assaulted him with injections from different perspectives, and according to Faber, may have damaged one of his bones beginning in the battle.
Faber said Barao's leg sneakers didn't do the destruction that Aldo's did a few decades ago, but the outcome was the same: Barao grabbed a major unanimous-decision success (49-46, 50-45, 49-46).
"I realized Faber was an excellent sportsman and an excellent martial artist, but I ready myself very well, and that was the outcome," an psychological Barao said through a translation. "My instructors informed me to keep [kicking the legs], but it was not only that."
With no specified schedule for Cruz's come returning, Barao said he's willing to protect the temporary name meanwhile.
Lombard flops in first appearance, Boetsch gets divided decision
In the evening of co-headliner, former Bellator champ Hector Lombard's intensely expected UFC first appearance was a dud, and other middleweight Tim Boetsch capitalized on his flatfooted opposition to choose up a split-decision success.