Brian and Steve recap UFC 169 including Renan Barao retaining the bantamweight championship in a controversial decision against Urijah Faber and Jose Aldo defeating Ricardo Lamas to remain the featherweight champion along with the spectacular fight between Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner, the upcoming fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, a big ruling regarding TRT for the bout, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and more on other possible matchups.
Last night’s UFC 169 can be deemed as a night of decisions with the main card going just as expected. In the main event, Renan Barao retained his UFC bantamweight championship by defeating Urijah Faber by first round TKO. In the co-feature Jose Aldo defeated Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision to retain the UFC featherweight championship.
The main event to a lot of people seemed to end controversially. In what was a back and forth first round, Barao landed a kick and then an overhand hand that sent Faber stumbling and Barao pouncing on Faber, but Faber was able to get back up to his feet. Faber started swinging wildly and then Barao landed an overhanded right that sent Faber face planting. Barao pounced on Faber landing 14 unanswered shots to the side of the head. The champion was looking at referee Herb Dean. Dean told Faber to do something and Faber gave a thumbs and that wasn’t enough him as he stopped the fight.
Aldo made his eighth straight title defense in defeating Lamas last night. The champion controlled the fight from the get go with thunderous outside leg kicks and punch combinations. Lamas was game though as tried to push the pace, but was unable to do so. The challenger had a bright moment in the final round as he had top position on Aldo and landed some good ground and pound, but was unable to finish the fight.
We talk to Ricardo Lamas as he will be in the co-main event against Jose Aldo at UFC 169 on Saturday night for Aldo’s UFC Featherweight Championship. Lamas discusses the journey to get the title shot, losing faith to get the shot, whether he was disappointed to not get the title shot in Chicago and more.
Brian and Steve preview UFC 169 headlined by Renan Barao against Urijah Faber for the bantamweight championship along with the rest of the card for Saturday’s show. Plus, they talk about the recent argument between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva in Brazil while filming The Ultimate Fighter, Julianna Pena’s major injury and news and notes about upcoming shows.
The NFL’s Super Bowl takes place this Sunday at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game features the AFC champion Denver Broncos battling the NFC champions Seattle Seahawks.
Typically on Tuesday’s during Super Bowl week, media day takes place where all credentialed media comes and asks the players and coaches about the big game.
The UFC is holding their annual Super Bowl card this weekend as UFC 169 takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey headlined by title fights featuring Renan Barao defending his UFC bantamweight championship against Urijah Faber. In the co-feature, Jose Aldo defends the UFC featherweight championship against Ricardo Lamas.
UFC reporter Megan Olivi was attending media day in conjunction with the company interviewing Denver Broncos players and asking them to pose with a UFC title belt. An NFL official by the name of Dennis Kayser, who is the Senior Director of On-Field Operations for the league saw Olivi and a cameraman and asked what she was doing.
Olivi told Kayser, “The UFC title belt, “Want to hold it?”
Kayser told her no and asked them to leave telling Olivi, “We don’t want this around here,”. “This is wrestling stuff, right? Yeah, we don’t want that associated with us and this event. This is the NFL.”
Olivi told Kayser that the UFC is MMA and they are corporate partner with Fox Sports and flagged down Fox Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer to tell Kayser who they are. Kayser listened to what Glazer said and were eventually allowed to stay.
Kayser then told Olivi, “Alright, but only do it with players on the floor. No podiums.”
Some of the information was from NJ.com.
Dominick Cruz Tears His Groin And Has To Vacate Bantamweight Title, Urijah Faber To Face Renan Barao At UFC 169
Dominick Cruz cannot a catch a break. UFC President Dana White stated on ESPN’s Sportscenter that Cruz suffered a grade 2 or 3 tear in his groin and is out of his UFC 19 main event fight against Renan Barao.
White stated that the UFC was stripping Cruz of the title and making Barao the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion. Replacing Cruz in the fight at UFC 169 will be Cruz’s long-time nemesis Urijah Faber.
Cruz held the bantamweight title since defeating Brian Bowles in March of 2010 for the WEC title, which was then merged into the UFC title in December of that year. Cruz made two title defenses in the UFC defeating Faber and his last fight against Demetrious Johnson in October of 2011.
“The Dominator” then coached The Ultimate Fighter Live Season with Faber to lead to a fight at UFC 148 in July of 2012 and ended up tearing his ACL in training. Cruz then suffered a another setback in rehab and had to have another ACL surgery with the UFC stating that if he couldn’t be healthy to fight in early 2014 he would be stripped of the title.
Faber has won four fights in a row since losing to Barao at UFC 149 in July of 2012. “The California Kid” last fought at UFC on Fox 9 in December defeating Michael McDonald.
Barao hasn’t lost in 32 fights and defeated Eddie Wineland in his last fight at UFC 165 in September. The UFC has stated that Barao vs Faber will be the main event of the show.
UFC 169 takes place on Saturday, February 1 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The MMA world was wondering when we would see Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas and Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao. Well that time is now as the Newsday announced and the UFC a short time ago that Aldo will battle Lamas for Aldo’s UFC featherweight title and Cruz and Barao will meet in a unification bout to determine the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion at UFC 169.
It had been rumored that Aldo and Lamas will battling next as UFC President Dana White has stated that was the fight he was trying to make for both guys.
We last saw Aldo in the octagon when he defeated Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163 in August. Aldo is 5-0 in the UFC and will looking to extend his winning streak to 17.
Lamas was last seen in the cage when he defeated Erik Koch at UFC on Fox 6 in January. The Illinois native has won four in a row and has been campaigning for the Aldo fight since his last fight in January.
We haven’t seen Cruz in the cage since October of 2011 when he defeated current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Cruz has been out of action due to two ACL surgeries.
Barao was crowned the interim bantamweight champion when he beat Urijah Faber at UFC 149 in July of 2012. The Brazilian has defended the interim title on two occasions defeating Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.
Aldo and Lamas will serve as the headliner and Barao and Cruz as the co-feature. UFC 169 takes place on Saturday, February 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Here is the updated card for UFC 169.
- Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas – UFC featherweight title
- Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao – UFC bantamweight title-unification bout
- Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
We won’t get the immediate rematch that the MMA world was looking forward to seeing. Newsday first reported and the UFC later confirmed that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 169 on Saturday, February 1, which is the day before the Super Bowl. The co-feature will have former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem battles former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 about two weeks ago in a very close fight that people have deemed fight of the year and perhaps the greatest fight in the history of the light heavyweight division. Fans were clamoring for a rematch, but the champion stated in a press release last week that he rewatched the fight ten times and thought he won rounds 2, 4 and 5.
Teixeira last competed last month at UFC Fight Night 28 when he stopped Ryan Bader in the first round after a sluggish start to the fight. The Brazilian will take a 20 fight winning streak heading into the fight, which is the second longest streak in MMA.
The Mir/Overeem fight was supposed to take place at UFC 167 in November, but the fight was pushed back to let Mir have more time to recover from his loss by knockout to Josh Barnett at the end of August at UFC 164.
Mir has lost three straight fights and Overeem is on a two-fight losing as he last competed and lost by knockout to Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 26 in August.
UFC 169 takes place on Saturday, February 1 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Super Bowl takes place the next day at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.