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.

The Battle of the Bantamweights at UFC on Fuel TV Barao versus McDonald

It’s a battle of the bantamweights as Michael “Mayday” McDonald fights Renan Pegado Barao at the Wembley Arena, London, England, United Kingdom tomorrow, February 16, 2013. Bantamweight fans will surely get an eyeful of impressive displays of skills and talents as the two fight in front of a roaring English crowd.

Michael McDonald is just 22 years young and holds a spectacular 15 win and 1 loss professional MMA career. This fighter from Modesto, California has been consistently winning event after event since 2009. Winning over Barao will be Mayday’s 10th consecutive win since he 2009 when he won an impressive match over Carlos Garces at the Tachi Palace Fights 1 in October 2009, Garces left the right after a TKO in just 2 minutes of the first round. Starting at UFC was very easy for McDonald; he was able to beat tough fighters like Alex Soto, Chris Cariaso, Edwin Figueroa and Miguel Torres who he defeated in April 2012 at UFC 145 Jones versus Evans via KO in just 3 minutes and 18 seconds of round 1.

His opponent is Renan “Barao” Pegado also a superb bantamweight at just 25 years of age. He has a remarkable 29 win, 1 loss and 1 no contest professional career since he started in 2005. This man from Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil has been undefeated since May 2005 save his first ever loss during his first professional bout against Joao Paulo Rodrigues de Souza at Heat FC 3- Metamorphosis in April 2005 via unanimous decision.

Barao and McDonald will be joined by the following line-up of impressive fighters: Cub Swanson versus Dustin Poirier, Jimi Manuwa versus Cyrille Diabate, Gunnar Nelson versus Jorge Santiago, James Te Huna versus Ryan Jimmo, Mat Riddle versus Che Mills, Terry Etim, versus Renee Forte, Paul Sass versus Danny Castillo, Josh Grispi versus Andy Ogle, Stanislav Nedkov versus Tom Watson, Vaughan Lee versus Motonobu Tezuka and Ulysses Gomez versus Phil Harris.

UFC on Fuel TV will be the first ever Ultimate Fighting Championship title fight on the channel. The main event is also a bantamweight title fight which fans have been waiting for in years. This is also the first ever UFC title bout clash to be held in London, England and will surely be memorable to fans especially London fans of MMA.