Barao vs. Faber 2: Twitter Reacts to UFC 169 Main Event

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Barao vs. Faber 2: Twitter Reacts to UFC 169 Main Event
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Following another Dominick Cruz injury, Urijah Faber stepped up and took a rematch with Renan Barao at UFC 169 on Saturday in Newark, N.J.

Since losing to Barao at UFC 149, Faber rattled off four straight wins, submitting former title challengers Michael McDonald and Scott Jorgensen along the way. While he's had many chances to regain a championship, Faber did more than enough to truly earn his shot at the bantamweight strap.

Meanwhile, Barao defended his interim belt twice since earning it with his victory over Faber. Due to Cruz's long period of inactivity, Barao was promoted to undisputed champion ahead of his rematch with "The California Kid" at UFC 169.

As told by Twitter, here is how the Barao vs. Faber matchup unfolded.

 

Introductions

It's been over five years since Faber owned a championship, but he still draws more attention than many current UFC champions. Barao's name is growing as he beats fighters like Faber, but The California Kid was the biggest star to compete on the UFC 169 fight card.

 

Round 1

One of the more durable fighters in MMA, Faber had not been stopped since his November 2008 bout with Mike Brown heading into Saturday. Barao, meanwhile, stopped McDonald and Eddie Wineland in back-to-back outings prior to the weekend's rematch.

With a huge overhand right in the first round, Barao dropped Faber and finished with hammerfists. Faber protested the stoppage, stating that he gave referee Herb Dean a thumbs up moments before the fight was stopped.

 

Aftermath

Following Dean's call, plenty of opinions were shared on Twitter regarding the decision.

An overwhelming majority of MMA personalities felt the stoppage came early. Based on the way things were going, though, it did appear Barao was on his way to victory. The Brazilian landed 37 strikes, while Faber answered with nine over nearly four minutes of action. 

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