Extremely disappointing event, by Dana White’s own admission who said he was embarrassed by it. The undercard however was awesome with 3 KOs and 1 Sub. Ryan Jimmo tied the UFC record with a 7-second KO, Rivera and Carvalho had some nice KOs as well. The Caraway fight won fight of the night, and rightfully so, nice sub after getting hit pretty hard.
The Main Card was the horrible part, with the exception of the Riddle-Clements fight (Riddle was brilliant btw at the post-fight presser if you get a chance to watch. He called out Dan Hardy and talked about his negative experience with Brits). Ebersole-Head was a snoozer. Jordan-Kongo was a travesty thanks to Yves Lavigne who let them clinch against the cage for most of the fight w/o breaking them up. Lombard’s UFC debut fell flat on it’s face. Faber-Barao though was a very good fight but unfortunately suffered from the previous fights stink.
Attendance was 16,089 and Gate was $4.1 million which broke the record for the ScotiaBank Saddledome venue previously set by The Rolling Stones.
Bonuses and Results for UFC 149: Faber vs Barao:
KO of the Night: Ryan Jimmo – $65,000
Submission of the Night: Matt Riddle – $65,000
Fight of the Night: Bryan Caraway and Mitch Gagnon – $65,000/each
MAIN CARD (ppv)
- Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46) to become interim bantamweight champion)
NOTES: Great fight. Pretty much dominated by Renan Barao as his reach advantage kept Faber on the outside and pretty ineffective. Barao is the real deal.
- Tim Boetsch def. Hector Lombard via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
NOTES: Lombard was lame and didn’t charge forward as he normally does. Weak UFC debut that he deserved to lose. Props to Tim Boetsch.
- Cheick Kongo def. Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27)
NOTES: Worst fight of the night thanks to ref Yves Lavigne who let them clinch on the fence most of the fight. Lame.
- James Head def. Brian Ebersole via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
NOTES: Horribly boring fight. Ebersole had one or two moments but looked limp in the third. Head didn’t do much either.
- Matt Riddle def. Chris Clements via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 2:02
NOTES: A pretty even battle for the most part. Riddle is a very exciting fighter to watch and loves to go in there and make things happen. Brilliant sub.
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
- Nick Ring def. Court McGee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
NOTES: Not a spectacular fight, but they did go at each other a bit. Dana White thought McGee won easily with possibly the last round being 10-8, which I totally agree with.
- Francisco Rivera def. Roland Delorme via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:19
NOTES: Another impressive KO. Rivera looked very sharp with his leg kicks and punches. Delorme took a bunch of shots and it looked like a typical Delorme battle but he got tagged cleanly too many times for his first KO loss.
- Ryan Jimmo def. Anthony Perosh via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:07
NOTES: Wow! 7 second KO. Very impressive win over a very experienced Perosh.
- Bryan Caraway def. Mitch Gagnon via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:39
NOTES: A very impressive win by Caraway. Gagnon came out throwing bombs and dominated most of the first round. Caraway took the shots and then turned it around in the second dominating on the ground. He continue that in the third and submitted and exhausted Gagnon with a crafty rear-naked choke.
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
- Antonio Carvalho def. Daniel Pineda via KO (punches) – Round 1, 1:11
NOTES: Carvalho looked like a completely different fighter from his last fight. He looked much bigger than Pineda and his standup was greatly improved. Pineda took the fight on short notice and it showed.
- Anton Kuivanen def. Mitch Clarke via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
NOTES: A pretty even ground battle the first two rounds. Third round though was dominated by Kuivanen on the ground and via striking.
Post-Fight Press Conference: