Brazilian berserker Renan Barao fought brilliantly at UFC 149, outclassing former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber to win the interim UFC bantamweight crown.
Let's examine some of the storylines emerging from the UFC's promotional debut in Calgary, Alberta, Canada:
Barao could be best bantamweight
Barao, a standout from the Nova Uniao camp who was facing his biggest challenge to date, channeled his inner Jose Aldo, systematically picking apart "The California Kid" in five one-sided rounds to emerge as the interim bantamweight king.
"Barao looked like a beast," UFC president Dana White said. "Barao dominated one of the best guys ever in that weight division in mixed martial arts."
Barao was successful in implementing a strategic offensive assault, landing crisp combinations on Faber while effectively thwarting all takedown attempts by "The California Kid."
It was truly a career-defining performance for the Brazilian, who improved to 29-1, while showcasing his ability to...