UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz gave his thoughts on UFC 149: Faber vs Barao on the "UFC 149 Postfight Show on Fuel TV" immediately following the event. He was especially interested in the two men fighting for the Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship. "I was on my toes the entire fight. Faber tried to use his wrestling and feints. Renan Barao used his leg kicks and kept Faber inside a box. It was impressive. Barao established his range and landed straight punches. He did what he needed to do to dismantle Faber...I'll give Faber some credit. He stayed away from damage. If he had feinted more and created some scrambles, he could have worn Barao down."
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UFC middleweight fighter, Brian Stann, added, "Renan Barao has amazing take down defense and counter-wrestling skills. Faber wasn't able to take him down...The key to Barao stuffing Faber's takedowns was his keeping the range. He took away Faber's wrestling and nullified him in the end. He slowed down the pace with leg kicks and kept the distance."
Dominick Cruz has tricks Renan Barao hasn't seen yet
After recovering from the injury to his knee, Dominick Cruz will fight Renan Barao for the belt. He said, "I'm looking forward to it--it's like new blood. I haven't watched him that much before this fight. I'm excited to fight a guy like that. He's ready for a five-round fight with me, but not quite. I've got some tricks, the way that I fake and the way I move, to keep him on his toes and keep him guessing."
Brian Stann is also looking forward to seeing Cruz vs Barao. He said, "I'm interested to see the chess match between Renan Barao and Dominick Cruz. Dominick has more ways to win the fight. Barao will have to rely on the striking. Dominick has the best movement in the UFC and it's hard for strikers to handle him."
Urijah Faber's thoughts on his fight with Barao
Urijah Faber spoke with MMA Insider, Ariel Helwani, on "The MMA Hour" show hosted by mmafighting.com.
From Urijah's point of view: "I watched the fight and I didn't feel like I'd won, but I didn't know why exactly...I wasn't really beat up. I know I broke my rib in the first round and my leg hurt a little bit. But I watched it and it was just basically kind of an uneventful fight. I just didn't do enough at any given time to be like, 'alright, I won that round.'...Credit to Barao, he was able to land a blow that injured my rib. You take an automobile and slash a tire, it's not going to run as well ... it's harder to extend, it's harder to breathe, it's harder to do a bunch of stuff."
Complaints about Rogan and GoldbergFaber complained about how Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg saw the fight. He didn't like their commentary about how badly he might be injured and how the fight was going. He said that Joe Rogan was "...building his own storyline."
Faber explained his view of the fight, "...it was really like a chess match... Neither of us is really able to get crazy in there. It might be better to pull some guys that don't know what they're doing and then have 'em beat the crap out of each other, rather than have, like, a technical battle."
I like both kinds of fights.
If that rib hadn't broken, maybe the result would have been different and Urijah would be wearing the Interim bantamweight title belt now.
On HDNet's "Inside MMA", Faber said that he felt that if he'd landed a few more combinations, "...a couple more kicks, a couple more punches", he might have won that fight. "I guess it just comes down to output. It was a pretty close fight, in my opinion."
Interesting to hear Urijah say that Barao had a slow pace that threw him off. That will make the style match-up interesting when Barao fights Cruz whose quirky movement makes it difficult to land bombs.
It made me laugh to hear Urijah complaining about the UFC commentators again. Faber watched his fight with Barao and said, "...Joe Rogan was getting on my nerves."
Dominick Cruz faces Barao next
Dominick Cruz, who was also interviewed on "Inside MMA", said that he's still wearing a big cast after having ACL surgery on his knee on June 6th. He will soon move to a smaller cast and that will allow him more mobility to train.
Dominick agreed with Urijah's assessment of the fight. He said, "I enjoyed the fight. It was fun to watch. It was very technical. There was a lot that went on in that fight that some people may not have understood."
Facing Barao, Dominick is confident that Barao won't have an easy time with him. "I present a lot of problems to anybody in the division because I fight differently from anybody in the division--and that's on purpose."
I'm picking Cruz to win that fight.
Source: Twitter, MMAFighting.com, HDNet's "Inside MMA"
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. Currently, she trains with Keith Florian and has trained with UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny
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