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!

UFC on Fuel TV: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald

This Saturday the Fuel TV 7 card will air from historic Wembley Arena in London. The main event is features Renan Barao going up against Michael McDonald in a battle for the interim bantamweight title.

Che Mills and Matthew Riddle will meet in a welterweight bout. Mills has won 7 of his last 8, with that one lost coming to Rory MacDonald. While Riddle has been dealing with personal obstacles stemming from his drug suspension last year, to the birth of twin daughters.

James Te-Huna will face Ryan Jimmo. These to light-heavyweights both possess loads of KO power. If you recall Ryan Jimmo recorded the fastest KO in UFC history the last time he stepped into the Octagon.

Gunnar Nelson an undefeated BJJ blackbelt will try and keep his perfect MMA record on the line against Jorge Santiago. Santiago has been kind of hit or miss lately, and this will be his first fight back in the UFC.

Jimi Manuwa who is also undefeated in his MMA career with 12 wins and 11 coming by way of KO, will face Cyrille Diabate a former lengthy kickboxer who also has the ability to put you to sleep.

Cub Swanson is on a three fight win streak, and during this streak he has finished every one of his opponents. Dustin Poirer would like to put an end to that in this featherweight match –up.

Finally we have the interim Bantamweight title with Barao going up against McDonald. McDonald is impressive at 15-1 and his last two fights he finished his opponents with impressive KO’s. However he has a huge task in facing Barao who currently holds one of the longest unbeaten streaks in MMA today at 29 fights dating back to 2005.

Cub Swanson Could Be Really, Really, Really Good: Greg Jackson

June 22 was another working day for Cub Swanson as he scored another big win against Ross Pearson in the second round of their match at UFC on FX4. This fighter has won three of his last four matches and his recent fights have caught the attention of fans and contenders as to whether he is living up to the expectations that he has made in the early part of his career.

But Greg Jackson thinks the other way around. To him, Cub Swanson has the sky to his limit. Jackson was even caught commenting on Cub Swanson in a recent interview saying that his fighter could eventually be “really, really, really good.”

He further added that he has a 100% trust in Swanson. He may not be improved to his potential but he is just starting to improve says Jackson and he is very excited as to where Swanson could go in his career.

Let’s see Swanson’s impressive career so far. In January of this year, he defeated George Roop at UFC on Fox 2. This was actually what audience and fans saw as he defeated Ross Pearson on FX 4. He was not only aggressive on his feet but he also displayed a variety of attacks that was classic in any future champion.

Jackson further mentioned, “He’s here all the time. He also trains in Palm Springs as well with Joel [Diaz] and Antonio [Diaz] all the great guys out there at his boxing gym…They’re really helping out a bunch too. I can’t give those guys enough credit.” He added that Swanson was always trying and keeping on learning as much as he can; any set back cannot faze him and he does not let any loss affect him at all.