UFC on Fuel 7 Thoughts And Reactions – Barao Sends Emphatic Message To Cruz At Wembley Stadium

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Last night, UFC was held at Wembley Stadium. Of course, this is normally a treat for us Brits, but what I’d like to see, is a lot more of a big-fight card at British events. Sure, we had an interim-bantamweight title fight, but no real big names in the octagon this weekend. But, last night, it was a good feeling to actually watch the event LIVE, than watching it the next day like I normally do.

And the fights weren’t that bad. My only issue was that 4 of the 6 fights on the main card all went to decisions. And another fight ended due to a doctor stoppage after Cyrille Diabaté landed awkwardly on his leg in the first round, and suffered a calf injury. So only one of the fights on the main card actually ended with a definitive finish.

But that doesn’t mean that the fights that went  to a decision weren’t bad. There was some decent action, especially with the featherweight fight between Cub Swanson and Dustin Poirier. It really was back on forth the entire fight, with both fighters getting their share off the points. But, in the 3rd, Swanson absolutely dominated Dustin, with takedown after takedown, getting the points, and coming close to finishing the fight. Swanson won with the decision, and it could be a big step into getting a featherweight title shot.

The interim bantamweight championship fight between Renan Barao and Michael McDonald was certainly an EXPLOSIVE fight. A very hard-hitting exchange near the end of the 1st round really set the tone of the fight. Both men were looking for that KO, with kicks from Barao and haymakers from McDonald connecting and nearly ending the fight early. But McDonald was really getting carried away with the haymakers, leaving himself exposed for the front kicks by Renan. In the 4th, Renan successfully gained a takedown and did well from then on to lock on the arm-triangle choke for the submission victory in the 4th. AN EMPHATIC statement made to Dominic Cruz, as a unification bout between the interim-champion Barao and the real-champion Cruz is looming, and Barao is going into that fight with heaps on momentum. An important victory for the Brazilian.

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