Renan Barao and Tim Boetsch technically added important victories to their resumes at Saturday night’s UFC 149, but the only notable buzz stemming from the show concerns fans’ and critics’ disappointment over the lack of action.
Fights like Cheick Kongo vs. Shawn Jordan and Hector Lombard vs. Boetsch represented particular low points for the night, with some arguing the matches belong high on the list of the promotion’s most boring fights of all time. Even UFC President Dana White, who blamed the referee’s refusal to force the fighters into action as much as he did the fighters for failing to deliver that action, could not help but criticize the Kongo-Jordan match as the “Ultimate Clinching Championship.”
Lombard vs. Boetsch, meanwhile, was hyped as a potential barnburner. Boetsch is often involved in very physical fights, and with the highly-explosive, highly-dangerous Lombard finally making his UFC debut in the opposing corner, fireworks were expected. Instead, Lombard barely pushed forward at all, and remained content to throw the occasional wild, inaccurate strike from afar.
Boetsch, who squeaked by with a split decision victory, should certainly not be commended for his performance. He, too, rarely did anything significant on offense.
The Interim Bantamweight Championship main-event between Barao and Urijah Faber certainly brought a more lively pace to the Octagon, but it too was light on significant offense and action. The story was simply that Barao was too quick, strategic and effective on his feet, and Urijah never found a way to close the distance or exploit any vulnerabilities in Barao’s game.
Faber’s earned one round on two of the judges’ scorecards, but he was completely outmatched and outclassed in the fight.
UFC 149 Results
Anton Kuivanen b. Mitch Clarke via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Antonio Carvalho b. Daniel Pineda via KO (punches) at 1:11 of Round One
Bryan Caraway b. Mitch Gagnon via submission (RNC) at 1:39 of Round Three
Ryan Jimmo b. Anthony Perosh via KO (punch) at :07 of Round One
Francisco Rivera b. Roland Delorme via KO (punches) at 4:19 of Round One
Nick Ring b. Court McGee via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Matt Riddle b. Chris Clements via submission (arm triangle) at 2:02 of Round Three
James Head b. Brian Ebersole via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Cheick Kongo b. Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Tim Boetsch b. Hector Lombard via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Renan Barao b. Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46) to win the Interim Bantamweight Championship