After defeating Urijah Faber in dominant fashion to cap the action at UFC 149, Barao celebrated his unanimous-decision victory by jumping around with his fists raised in triumph. He's the interim bantamweight champion, and at just 25 years old he's already one of the top fighters in the world.
Starting with his first fight, when he beat Cole Escovedo in an impressive unanimous decision, Barao has continued to defeat opponent after opponent.
He has remained an unbeatable opponent, leading up to his championship fight on Saturday night.
We expected Faber and Barao to put on a good show with a back-and-forth fight, but Barao would have none of it. He opened the fight strong, and when Faber rushed in Barao landed a nice combo.
Barao never looked back.
Keeping Faber at the perfect distance, he was able to use his legs to land kick after kick. Faber couldn't stop the relentless attack because he couldn't create more separation between the two or get close enough to strike Barao.
Faber never stood a chance, losing in unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46). The longtime WEC champion was simply outclassed against an up-and-coming opponent.
It's impressive to see Barao, at such a young age, bully other champions in the ring, but he continues to do so. He is constantly showing the MMA universe what he can do, and now that he is a champion we will be forced to take notice.
Barao is setting himself up for success for years to come, and he will soon become a star.
Look for Barao to continue his winning ways against Dominick Cruz when the two meet for the undisputed bantamweight championship.
Cruz is excited for the fight against Barao, but we'll see how long that lasts once Barao shows what he's got in the ring.