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Renan Barao finishes Urijah Faber; Jose Aldo beats Ricardo Lamas

Renan Barao versus Urijah Faber
Renan Barao versus Urijah Faber

On February 1, 2014, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Renan Barao defended the UFC Bantamweight Championship against popular MMA fighter Urijah Faber. Along with the championship fight between Barao and Faber, UFC 169 also featured a championship fight between featherweight fighters Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas.

In the main event, Barao outclassed Faber in the standup. Barao dropped Faber a couple times in the fight. The fight ended when Barao knocked down Faber and repeatedly hit Faber with hammer fists. Hoping the fight would be stopped sooner than later, Barao looked up at referee Herb Dean, who finally stopped the fight but perhaps ended the fight too soon in the eyes of many fans.

Despite protesting the stoppage, Faber said, "Herb is one of the best referees in the game, and he has our best interest at heart."

In the co-main event, UFC Featherweight Champion Aldo won a decision against Lamas. In the first round, Aldo seemed tentative, but he started to pick up the pace in the second round. For much of the fight, Aldo punished Lamas with devastating leg kicks. In the later rounds, the UFC Featherweight Champion showed that he can also grapple as well as strike when he mounted Lamas on a couple of occasions and even threatened him with a rear naked choke. However, Aldo seemed to get tired as the fight continued, and in the fifth and final round, allowed Lamas to get top control. From the bottom position, Aldo got hit with punches and elbows but managed to survive and earn a unanimous decision.

The two remaining Brazilian UFC champions successfully defended their titles. Who will be next to challenge these dominant champions?