Renan Barao vs Brad Pickett Full Fight Video

UFC 138 took place on November 5, 2011 from Birmingham, England. The co-main event was a bantamweight bout between Renan Barao and
Brad Pickett.

Both fighters were imports from the WEC organization. This would be Pickett’s debut in the UFC, and Barao’s 2nd fight. In his first UFC fight Barao won a unanimous decision over Cole Escovedo. The bantamweight division was still relatively new to the UFC, so fight fans were anxious to see what this smaller weight class could bring to the table.

Round 1:  Both fighters meet in the center of the ring, and almost instantly, they both start swinging for the fences. The first 20 seconds is intense action as both Barao and Pickett duke it out blow for blow. Barao gets the better of the exchanges, landing 2 or 3 hard punches to Pickett’s head. They separate briefly, and as Pickett closes the distance Barao throws a wicked spinning back kick that Pickett is able to block with his gloves. They meet back in the center and things calm slightly as they square off. They both attempt a couple of jabs, neither landing, then a few seconds later they go right back at it again. Pickett lands 1 or 2 shots this time around, then they back off. They circle each other in the center, just feeling each other out. The action slows slightly, but both Barao and Pickett continue trading in the center of the ring. They are throwing jabs, hooks, and leg kicks. Neither one doing any major damage.

Pickett starts to get more aggressive, throwing more punches and backing Barao up. Pickett continues to move forward, while Barao attempts to catch him with counter punches. Both men are fighting more technical at this point, neither are throwing haymakers. Barao continues to circle backwards on the outside as Pickett moves forward. He catches Pickett with a few leg kicks, but Pickett continues to move forward, stalking Barao and looking to open up on him with punches. Barao puts together a nice combination of punches that finally moves Pickett back into the cage.

They re-engage and Barao attempts 4 or 5 straight punches. Neither lands, but Pickett is moving his head to duck the punches when Barao catches him with a strong knee to the head. The knee wobbles Pickett, who drops down to the canvas on his back. Barao rushes him immediately and starts dropping bombs to Pickett’s face. Barao throws 9 or 10 punches, landing several strong shots. The ref looks like he’s going to stop it at any minute, but Pickett rolls over, giving up his back. Barao, looking like a panther on a hunt, quickly takes Pickett’s back and sinks the hooks in. Barao is trying to sink in a rear-naked choke, but Pickett is defending it.

Pickett struggles, trying to survive the round with one minute left, but Barao is relentless, striking Pickett from behind until finally he is able to sink in the rear choke. With Barao’s arms fully around his neck, Pickett holds on for as long as he can. His face is visibly turning pink and he fights the choke for a few seconds, but eventually, Barao’s grip is too tight, and Pickett is forced to tapout. Referee Leon Roberts steps in and separates the two. Renan Barao is the winner, defeating Brad Pickett in Round 1 by submission.

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.