In the UFC 165 co-main event, Renan Barao put his interim bantamweight title on the line against Eddie Wineland with the winner expected to fight Dominick Cruz early next year to unify the 135-pound belts.
Barao has gone eight years and twenty fights without losing, so it wouldn’t be an easy task for Wineland, but he was ready for the challenge ahead.
Wineland was full of energy to start the fight and he immediately charged to the center of the octagon and looked to put the pressure on the interim champion. The two exchanged kicks, before Wineland was able to land a strong counter punch.
Barao was hitting plenty of air early and ended up getting pushed up against the cage following a missed shot. Referee Yves Lavigne separated the two men and they returned to action in the center of the cage.
The round ended with a wild flurry of punches that landed strong for both fighters, but they were both able to avoid any damage and continue on in to the second frame.
At the beginning of round two, Barao came out with an explosive spinning kick right to the head of Wineland that immediately dropped the challenger. Barao jumped on for the kill and was able to end the fight via ground-and-pound once Yves Lavigne called an end to the fight.