UFC 149 Preview: Faber vs Barao

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UFC 149 Preview: Faber vs Barao

 Strong-Athlete.com: UFC 149 Preview by Jeff Pearce

| By Big Jeff Pearce |

Although UFC 149 originally promised to be a stacked card, the promise fell through.  This card has had nine fighters pull out due to injury, the most in recent memory.  Dana White can be quoted as saying “We lost nine to injury and we had to move two other fights. So I would say, yes, this was the craziest card of all time.”  Even though this is an on-going issue for the UFC, they still managed to put together a fight card that will be fundamental in forming the structure of future match ups.

UFC 149 will be taking place on July 21, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.  Headlining the fight will be an Interim Bantamweight Championship bout between Urijah Faber (26-5-0) and Renan Barao (30-1-0 1NC).  Clearly a talented fighter, the majority of Barao’s 30 wins were not in the UFC, KOTC or WEC.  This brings the quality of those wins somewhat into question.  Of Barao’s 30 wins, 12 of those came by submission and half of those were Rear Naked Chokes.  It should also be noted that 10 of those wins were by decision.  When looking at Faber’s history, the majority of his fights were in the UFC, WEC or KOTC; earning belts in the WEC, GC and KOTC.  14 of Faber’s 26 wins came by submissions of varying types.  The majority of Faber’s fights were stoppages and he tends to fare badly when left in the judges hands.  He has 7 wins by TKO/KO.  No matter how you look at this match up, it will be an exciting one.

Looking at the future of this division, the current Bantamweight Champion Dominic Cruz, is off with a knee injury for up to a year.  If victorious, Barao has made no secret of the fact that he will wait for Cruz to heal up so they can have a unification fight.  However, if Faber wins, he has openly admitted that he will not wait for Cruz.  Depending on what happens at UFC 149, we could see a somewhat dormant Bantamweight division until Cruz returns or the Interim Championship could be defended or potentially change hands.

This fight card will also feature Hector Lombard(31-2-1, 1NC) and Tim Boetsch (15-4-0) in a Middleweight bout.  The winner of this bout will be moving up the ranks to be considered for a potential title fight against Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva (Not Chael Sonnen, HA!).  Hector Lombard has fought primarily in Bellator, earning a belt in the CFC.  ‘The Barbarian’ Tim Boetsch primarily fought in the UFC defeating opponents like Yushin Okami, Nick Ring, Kendall Grove and Todd Brown.  Of his 15 wins, 7 were by TKO/KO and 5 by submission.

Other notables on the card are Cheick Kongo and TUF Alumni Matthew Riddle.  While this is not the most stacked card in recent history, it will certainly set the stage for future key match ups in the UFC.

UFC 149

PAY-PER-VIEW FIGHTS

BW

Urijah Faber

vs.

Renan Barao

MW

Hector Lombard

vs.

Tim Boetsch

HW

Cheick Kongo

vs.

Shawn Jordan

WW

Brian Ebersole

vs.

James Head

WW

Chris Clements

vs.

Matthew Riddle

PRELIMINARY FIGHTS ON FX

MW

Court McGee

vs.

Nick Ring

BW

Roland Delorme

vs.

Francisco Rivera

LHW

Ryan Jimmo

vs.

Anthony Perosh

BW

Bryan Caraway

vs.

Mitch Gagnon

PRELIMINARY CARD ON FACEBOOK

FW

Antonio Carvalho

vs.

Daniel Pineda

LW

Mitch Clarke

vs.

Anton Kuivanen

Watch the countdown to UFC 149 right here:

http://youtu.be/4gBRB6cvnyU

 

By |July 18th, 2012|Features|

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