Archive: renan barao

Jan 13, 2014 5:15 am

UFC Vet Ricardo Almeida Assigned To Judge UFC 169

The UFC will return to Jersey this February for UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2. The event is set for Super Bowl weekend as Renan Barao attempts to defend his now official and undisputed UFC bantamweight crown against the always dangerous Urijah Faber on February 14, 2014 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey....

Jan 9, 2014 9:05 am

Renan Barao: “(Faber) has evolved a lot… since our last fight”

Renan Barao was recently crowned the official bantamweight champion after former champ Dominick Cruz announced that he is yet again injured and was forced to pull out of their unification bout set for UFC 169. Luckily, “The California Kid” Uriah Faber was there to take the fight with Barao on short notice. The two have...

Jan 7, 2014 12:21 pm

Betting Odds Show Barao as -300 Favorite Over Faber at UFC 169

Following the announcement that Dominick Cruz was relinquishing his UFC bantamweight belt after an injury forced him out of UFC 169, the odds-makers have been busy analyzing the event’s new main event – a rematch between Renan Barao (above) and Urijah Faber for Barao’s new and much-deserved bantamweight title.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA It...


Jan 7, 2014 9:09 am

Dominick Cruz removed from BJPENN.com rankings

By Evan Stoumbelis It was announced yesterday that bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz had suffered a groin tear and would have to withdraw from his bout with interim champion Renan Barao as well as vacate his bantamweight title. The long anticipated return of Cruz was slated for February 1st in New Jersey. Now with Cruz leaving...

Dec 31, 2013 12:37 pm

PREDICTIONS: 2014’s Top 5 Break Out Fighters

With 2013 drawing to a close, which fighters are going to have the biggest years in 2014?   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA Looking back at this past year, a number of fighters stand out as having exceptionally impressive performances during the last twelve months.  Fighters like Ronda Rousey, who became the first female champion in...

Dec 21, 2013 8:24 am

Clint Hester Vs. Andy Enz Added To UFC 169 Lineup

Clint Hester, who competed on the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter, will look to improve his UFC winning streak to three as he takes on UFC newcomer, and 7-0 undefeated Alaskan native Andy Enz. The Bout against these two upcoming fighters was first reported by FoxSports and then was corroborated by UFC officials. Clint...

Dec 20, 2013 8:31 am

UFC On FOX 9 Winners Bobby Green And Abel Trujillo To Face Off At UFC 169

This past Saturday at UFC on FOX9, Bobby Green and Abel Trujillo both picked up important wins on their quest towards title contention. Neither man will get much time to reflect on their victories, however, as they will both return to action at UFC 169 in February. And while they will again be appearing on...

Dec 19, 2013 12:08 pm

UFC 169 Could Air on the Same Date As the Super Bowl

There could be another head-to-head standoff coming on February 1st besides that between Bantamweight Champion Dominic Cruz and Interim Champion Renan Barao. Though this is certainly not set in stone, it is possible that the NFL may reschedule its Super Bowl date for February 1st, 2014. The Super Bowl is one of America’s biggest nights...

Dec 17, 2013 2:26 pm

Two Bouts Added To UFC 169

Three more UFC newcomers now have their debut matches set up, and all of those matches will be on the Super Bowl weekend UFC 169 card. Neil Magny will meet newcomer Gasan Umalatov in the welterweight division, while Tony Martin and Rashid Magomedov will make their UFC debuts against one-another. UFC 169 will be headlined by dual title...

Dec 17, 2013 2:25 pm

Georges St. Pierre Removed From UFC Official Rankings

After deciding to relinquish his title and walk away from the sport, Georges St. Pierre has now been removed from the UFC’s official rankings. The reason for this is that fighters who are retired are not eligible to be ranked. Ronda Rousey, who was previously unranked, has now been ranked number 10 in the pound-for-pound...

Dec 13, 2013 8:08 am

Urijah Faber: I Am A Better All-Around Fighter Than McDonald

Urijah Faber, possibly the biggest draw in the UFC under 155 pounds, believes he is a better fighter all-around than Michael McDonald. Although he hasn’t tasted UFC gold, Faber has a storied career as the long-time WEC featherweight champion. When the WEC merged with the UFC, Faber dropped to bantamweight, and has since won five...

Dec 13, 2013 7:23 am

Al Iaquinta Faces Kevin Lee At UFC 169

Al Iaquinta, who lost in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter season 15 against Micheal Chiesa, will face undefeated prospect Kevin Lee (pictured) at UFC 169. Lee has won 4 straight by submission, and has won seven fights in a row. Iaquinta has won two out of three of his UFC fights, and looks to...

Dec 11, 2013 9:55 am

Jose Aldo Excited To Learn From BJ Penn In Brazil

It has been a little over a year since we have seen BJ Penn in action, and it seems the road back to competition will be paved with the help of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao. Penn will be coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter alongside...

Dec 11, 2013 8:59 am

John Makdessi Set to Face Alan Patrick at UFC 169 in February

UFC lightweight fighters John Makdessi and Alan Patrick are set to fight at UFC 169, which will take place on February 1 in Newark, New Jersey.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA UFC officials announced Tuesday the addition of a lightweight bout between Canadian John Makdessi and Brazilian Alan Patrick to the UFC 169 card. UFC...

Dec 3, 2013 11:09 am

Michael McDonald Has Been Abstinent For 3.5 Years, ‘Arguably’ Why He’s Dominant

Right around the corner from my hometown, Oakdale MMA’s Michael McDonald has had a meteoric rise to stardom over the last few years thanks to wins over Miguel Torres, Alex Soto and Edwin Figueroa, victories which led him to a title fight against Renan Barao at UFC on Fuel: Barao vs McDonald, a match-up in which he...

Nov 21, 2013 11:17 am

Champ Cruz ‘Fed up’ With Questions About His Cage Absence

“I’m just fed up with the questions about the time off, because it’s like, at what point do you think about what I did before I got hurt? What did I do before I got hurt? Nobody talks about that. I went on a how many fight winning streak? I cleaned out the division, and...

Nov 20, 2013 9:05 am

Tickets On Sale Today For UFC 169 – Two Titles On The Line For Super Bowl Weekend

A ‘heads up’ for all you MMA fans in the New Jersey area: tickets for the UFC Super Bowl card go on sale today. UFC 169 will host duel title fights, as featherweight champion Jose Aldo and bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will both be defending their belts against some tough opposition: Cruz will finally return from...

Nov 15, 2013 12:27 pm

Dana White Thinks Dominick Cruz ‘Has Kind of Been Stalling’ His Fight With Barao

“I shouldn’t say this,” Dana White told reporters, “I think that Cruz has kind of been stalling.  I think Cruz has dragged this out longer than needed to be.”   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   Dominick Cruz last fought in October 2011 at UFC Live, where he successfully defended his UFC bantamweight championship for the...

Nov 8, 2013 8:08 am

Cruz says he wanted Barao fight and no one else

Dominick Cruz wanted to jump right back into the fire. Cruz, the UFC bantamweight champ, has been out of commission for 18 months due to an ACL injury that required two surgeries. While on rehab, burgeoning phenom Renan Barao earned the 135-pound interim title and has defended it twice against Michael McDonald and most recently...

Nov 6, 2013 7:32 am

Cruz vs. Barao Trumps Aldo vs. Lamas for Main Event Slot at UFC 169

  The title unification bout between interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao and champion Dominick Cruz has taken top billing at UFC 169. Previously thought to be the main event, a fight between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas will now be in the co-main event spot. Cruz has been sidelined with a...

Nov 4, 2013 10:38 am

‘Cage Rust’ Not A Concern For Dominick Cruz

“I feel that cage rust is something that’s brought up to give odds makers something to bet on. I think you can work it completely out of your system as long as you’re in training camp and training correctly. The biggest part about ring rust is the mental part. I think a lot of that...

Nov 4, 2013 10:32 am

Renan Barao Looking Forward To Unification Bout With Cruz

“We’re finally getting in there to do the fight that everybody wants to see and find out who’s the real champion. I always wanted it and rooted for his (Cruz’s) recovery. I feel I’m the champion. Being in there and doing my work, I’m a champion already. He’s also the champion, but I am too....

Oct 29, 2013 2:43 pm

Cruz vs. Barao/Aldo vs. Lamas Set for UFC 169 Co-Main/Main Event

UFC 169 just received a pair of highly-anticipated lighter weight championship fights. Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (19-1) is returning from over two years away with a lingering knee injury and a series of surgeries, and will take on the longtime interim champion, Renan Barao (33-1). Barao has twice defended his interim title since winning it...

Oct 8, 2013 10:36 am

UFC Looks to Implement Time-Limit for Stripping Titles from Injured Champions

Despite not fighting for 2 years because of a torn ACL, Dominick Cruz (left) still holds the UFC bantamweight title.  Meanwhile, Renan Barao has defended his interim bantamweight title twice since earning the belt in July of 2012.  According to UFC President Dana White, the UFC may be implementing a time limit so situations like...