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Urijah Faber 17 48.57%
Renan Barao 18 51.43%
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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***OFFICIAL*** Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao Thread

Bantamweight bout: 135 pounds
For the interim UFC Bantamweight championship
Five round fight

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Old 07-18-2012, 09:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I see Faber taking a tough battle here.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Funny, I think in a war Barao will prevail.

On paper this fight is close and should be decided by the cleverer fighter, the guy with a great wrestling base and 5 round experience is the sensible choice.

However, in a chaotic fight I think Renan is more composed and more dangerous. Both these guys drop opponents regularly and slap submissions on from nowhere, I think this will be a crazy, close fight and Barao will end it within 3.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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No idea who will win, very even fight.

Faber is a tough son of a bitch and very hard to finish but Renan brings some serious firepower and a nasty ground game. I think Faber is better in the later rounds so I'd imagine Renan trying to employ a similar strategy to the Aldo/Faber fight, destroying Faber's legs so he can coast if he gets tired or possibly turn it on and try to finish him.

Should be an awesome fight though.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Barao's got this... He's gonna do what Aldo did.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Renan Barao bt TKO
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm actually suprised on how many people that are picking Barao to win this. I hate to say it but he seems overhyped to me. His last two wins are against Jorgeson and Picket.. While Faber has gone the distance with Cruz and Aldo. I think Faber is on a higher level than Barao and should have no problem winning a decision or ending the fight in the championship rounds.
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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^I think his hype is justified although this fight will obviously show where he is in the division. Picket and Jorgenson aren't really easy fights and Scotty went the distance with Cruz too, although he had nothing for him. That said I think it's a toss up, big fan of both fighters. Another reason I think people are giving Barao so much weight is because IIRC he's Aldo's training partner and they have similar styles/skills. We saw how those skills matched up against Faber last time. Think Faber's going to be hungrier this time, he knows he only has one, maybe two title runs left in him.
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I'm actually suprised on how many people that are picking Barao to win this. I hate to say it but he seems overhyped to me. His last two wins are against Jorgeson and Picket.. While Faber has gone the distance with Cruz and Aldo. I think Faber is on a higher level than Barao and should have no problem winning a decision or ending the fight in the championship rounds.
Let's not pretend like "going the distance" is some sort of worthy accomplishment. He lost to both of those guys, and in the case of Aldo he got absolutely worked. Faber has lost a hefty string of title fights while Barao is on a very impressive tear and training with Aldo himself. I'll take Barao in a very exciting war.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This is a tough fight to call. I'm picking Faber to win a very close and good fight I wouldn't be surprised to see Barao win a close fight as well. But I know Barao is very good and he might be able to possibly do what Aldo did to Faber and pick him apart. Team alphamale in there last two big fights like this against a brazilian (Faber vs Aldo, Aldo vs Mendes) didn't go well for team alpha male, Barao is comparable to Aldo but I don't know if hes quite on Aldo's level to where he can neutralize a strong wrestler like Faber for the entire fight. Should be a very entertaining fight.

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