Renan Pegado Vows to Defeat Dominick Cruz

Renan Pegado retains his bantamweight title as he defeats challenger Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel TV 7. The fight was an awesome display of talent and skill by the bantamweight champion and he was able to submit McDonald at 3 minutes and 57 seconds of round 4 via a classic arm-triangle choke. This is the champ’s 30th consecutive win since 2005 interrupted only by a no contest in 2007.

Could “Barao” be the luckiest and the most skilful bantamweight fighter in MMA? Apparently so, and just to prove this, Pegado exclaimed that next on his list was to fight Dominick Cruz, a 27 year old Alliance MMA bantamweight with a terrific 19 win and 1 loss MMA professional career. However, this plan may still be unable to push through since “The Dominator” has not returned to UFC since October 2011 after a terrible injury that led to a torn ACL. News is that last December 2012, Cruz had undergone surgery once more after his body rejected a tendon that was harvested from a cadaver. Cruz’s trainer and doctors said that it would probably take the fighter about 6 to 12 months to completely recover from his recent surgery.

After the win, Pegado was heard saying: “I wish Dominick a quick recovery so that he can come and give a fight to the public.” He told Fox Sports: “I will train very hard; I’m very much looking forward to this fight. I want to give a good show and I’m going to beat him.”

Fans say that whether Dominick Cruz is able to get back to MMA and to UFC for a fight with the champion, Cruz will basically be beaten by Pegado easily. To note that the champion has never lost for 7 years and has ranked five impressive wins under UFC. When he submitted McDonald at the Wembley Arena in London, his skills and this formidable talent was overwhelming. Fighting Cruz will be an understatement.

Pegado further added: “I feel great. I worked very hard for that with all of my teammates at Nova Uniao in Rio de Janeiro. That’s the result of long days of work.” He mentioned that a great factor in his victory was knowing his skills and followed all instructions given to him which worked perfectly in the end. And regarding his next fight: “I believe my toughest fight is going to be the next one.”

 

Renan Barao defeats McDonald to retain UFC Interim Bantamweight Title

The UFC on Fuel 7 proved to be an entertaining event. Renan Barao retained his interim Bantamweight title by defeating Michael McDonald with an arm triangle choke in the fourth round. However, Barao did not walk through McDonald. McDonald had some flurries in early rounds that definitely did damage to Barao. Nevertheless, in the end, Barao used all his tools and ability to put McDonald away and retain his belt.

Cub Swanson continued his winning ways with a unanimous decision over Dustin Poirier. Swanson did it with his striking, but the last round his impressive ground game sealed Poirier fate. Swanson has now rattled of 4 straight wins, and is moving atop the ranks in the featherweight division.

In other action, James Te-Huna survived a brutal leg kick upside his head by Jimmo followed by a series of nasty punches. Te-Huna quickly turned things around after weathering the storm, and took advantage of a winded Jimmo to get a unanimous decision. Gunnar Nelson and Matthew Riddle also picked up victories in their matches. Jimi Manuwa defeated Cyrille Diabate, when Diabate was unable to continue due to injury. Next up UFC 157!

Chad Mendes versus Clay Guida for UFC on Fox 7

UFC on Fox 7 is set to happen on April 20, 2013 and as Chad “Money” Mendes received news that Manny Gamburyan is unavailable to fight due to injury, UFC reveals that he will instead face Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. The event will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, USA. The Mendes versus Guida match will be a co headliner to champ Benson Henderson as he fights Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.

Mendes is fresh from his win over Yaotzin Meza at UFC on FX 6 in December 2012. He KO Meza with a terrible punch that kept the fighter stunned in less than two minutes of round one. Prior to Meza, he also KO’d Cody McKenzie at UFC 148 Silva versus Sonnen 2 in July 2012 in just 31 seconds of round one. “Money” enjoys a fantastic professional record of 13 wins and only 1 loss. The 27 year old is a featherweight from Hanford, California.

Clay “The Carpenter” Guida on the other hand is a 31 year old fighter from Round Lake, Illinois. He holds a 30 win and 13 loss professional record. His last fight was a split decision win over Hatsu Hioki at UFC on Fox 6 – Johnson versus Dodson in January 2013. Before his win however, he suffered two back to back losses. The first one was against Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 1- Velasquez versus Dos Santos in November 2011 and the most recent one was with Gray Maynard via split decision headline fight in June 2012. Guida is one of a few fighters that have made it big at MMA. He has been a professional fighter for a decade now and has been able to defeat amazing fighters like Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis, Takanori Gomi, Rafael dos Anjos and many more at UFC. He has also fought great athletes in Strikeforce, WEC, XFO and at XKK at the beginning of his professional career.

UFC on Fox 7: Henderson versus Melendez will also feature fighters like Daniel Cormier versus Frank Mir, Matt Brown versus Dan Hardy, Nate Diaz versus Josh Thomson, Yoel Romero versus Clifford Starks, Myles Jury versus Ramsey Nijem, Norman Parke versus Jon Tuck, Jorge Masvidal versus Tim Means, Roger Bowling versus Anthony Njokuani and Francis Carmont versus Lorenz Larkin. More updates for UFC on Fox 7 will soon be announced by UFC officials.