UFC on Fuel 7 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from McDonald vs. Barao

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UFC on Fuel 7 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from McDonald vs. Barao
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It was thought that the UFC's first fight card in England since 2011 would be an afternoon of exciting matchups. In our official predictions piece, I only envisioned one of the main-card bouts going to the scorecards.

At Yahoo!, my former colleague Iain Liddle saw it similarly: "If you are a British sports fan with a casual interest in MMA and like your fights short, sweet and impactful, then the UFC’s return to these shores will be right up your alley."

How wrong we all were. Instead of a night of fireworks, it was a night of decisions in England. A record-setting night of decisions, it turns out.

Before UFC on Fuel 7, no UFC card had ever featured more than eight decisions. This one had nine, and that was before the main event between Michael McDonald and Renan "Barao" Pegado for the interim bantamweight title.

Barao didn't add to the record-setting numbers, finishing McDonald with an arm triangle in the fourth round. He was the clear winner of the night, but Barao wasn't alone. 

In MMA, winners and losers aren't only determined by the official results.

You can win the heart of the crowd with an engaging performance, even if your opponent gets his hand raised. Likewise, you can be a loser in victory, at least with fans and promoters, if you don't even attempt to engage your foe or finish the fight.

Disagree with some of my categorizations? Let me know in the comments.

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