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Interim Bantamweight Title Fight: Renan Barão vs. Michael McDonald
Rd. 1 – Touch of gloves and we are off. Spinning back kick by Barao to start the action. McDonald throws and Barao with a level change and bodylock takedown into side control. McDonald recovers guard and traps Barao’s wrist, if he could pivot he has a submission. McDonald uses it to escape instead. Nice left by McDonald. Counter right by McDonald. McDonald storms forward and eats a wicked counter left by Barao.Barao shoots but gets stuffed. Nice counter left hook by Barao.Big left by McDonald and he swarms with right hooks. Barao falls briefly on a short left but recovers and then rocks McDonald on his own. Big knee by Barao and he then lands a backtrip takedown into guard. Body shots by Barao but McDonald ties up an arm. Barao gets free briefly as the round ends and lands a hammer fist and McDonald fires a counter. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Barao.
Rd. 2 – Slower pace to start the round. Accidental headbutt from McDonald. Single leg attempt by Barao and after an initial defense by McDonald he gets him down. Nice upkick by McDonald and he escapes. Good right by McDonald. Accidental eyepoke and the fighters break for a moment. Both fighters connect off the restart. Nice left hook by Barao. Counter right by Barao. Solid Barao combo and a nice legkick to finish. Big front kick to face by Barao. McDonald catches a a kick but Barao stays balanced and works out. Nice combo by Barao and he misses a wheel kick as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 (20-18).
Rd. 3- Nice combo by Barao. McDonald answers and then gets stunned by Barao briefly. Barao tried to swarm but McDonald was countered. Solid combo off a rush by Barao and he then uses a bodylock to secure a takedown into side control but McDonald muscles his way out as Barao went for mount. Nice combo by McDonald but he eats a pair of big rights by Barao. The Brazilian is starting to take control as McDonald keeps using the same attacks but misses. Spinning back kick to the face lands flush by Barao. McDonald eats it, but it connected big time. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Barao (30-27).
Rd. 4 – Good left by Barao to start the action. McDonald again goes to his 1-2 rush offense but misses. McDonald stuffs a shot. Nice punch by Barao and McDonald just barely misses a big counter. McDonald’s nose is bleeding badly now. Ugly scramble but neither fighter lands much. Spinning back kick to the face by Barao. Barao ducks a hook and lands a body lock. Pair of big knees by Barao and he crushes McDonald’s rips. Barao has him down, takes his back but scrambles for an armtriangle and it’s in deep. McDonald tries to hold on but is forced to tap. Great performance by Barao.
Renan Barão def. Michael McDonald via submission (arm-triangle) at 3:57 of Round 4
Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson
Rd. 1 – Touch of gloves and we’re off. Quick exchange and Swanson clips Poirier. Poirier ducks a punch and goes for a single across the cage and Swanson defends it. Both fghters keep looking for exchanges but are just a tad short on each exchange. Poirier tries a takedown but is rebuffed by Cub and after a brief clinch exchange we’re free. Massive uppercut from Swanson staggers Poirier and as he tries capitalize Poirier gets the fight to the mat. Cub finally gets up as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Cub.
Rd. 2- Nice exchanges with Cub on the attack and Poirier is countering with body shots.Big combo by Poirier. Poirer counters and rocks Swanson. Left by Poirier is countered. Poirier keeps chasing and it’s not advisable here. Poirier drops in on a single and Swanson defends.Big body hook by Swanson. Big powerful takedown by Poirier. Swanson attacks with an omoplata and stands up with it and strikes Poirier. That was crazy! Poirier is rebuffed again on the takedown. This is an impressive fight. MMAFrenzy has it 20-18 Swanson.
Rd. 3- Combo by Poirier to start the round. Poirier counters Swanson and Cub slips. Poirier in on a double leg but gives it up. Poirier rocks Cub and they’re swinging for the fences. Cub lands a nice one and Poirier is forced to back off. Body kick by Swanson. Big jab by Poirier stuns Swanson moving forward. Cub now with a big takedown. Big strikes by Swanson. Poirier tries to roll out but Swanson takes his back. Poirier stands up with Swanson on his back. Poirier swims up to reverse Swanson but Swanson sweeps it and has mount. Big knee as Poirier scrambles up. Big head and arm throw by Swanson but Poirier scrambles. Swanson locks up an armbar with :10 left and Poirier reverses. Poirier tries a jumping punch as the round ends but it misses. Great fight. Very close 30-27 for Swanson.
Cub Swanson def. Dustin Poirier by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)