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Renan Barao vs Scott Jorgensen at UFC 143

Best80smovieRAD2011-12-11 06:50:47 +0000 #1
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And this is why we love the bantamweights.

The owner of MMA's longest unbeaten streak, Renan Barao, will face off against perennial bantamweight contender Scott Jorgensen at UFC 143: "Condit vs. Diaz" on Feb. 4, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The promotion brought word of the match-up just last night.

Barao was last seen going balls-to-the-wall against British bomber Brad Pickett, cracking the returning brawler's notoriously rugged chin with an enormous standing knee before taking his back and securing the rear-naked choke win.

The victory brought Barao's unbeaten streak to an unbelievable 28 fights. In fact, the badass Brazilian has yet to lose since his professional debut.

There's a certain mohawked wrestler who'd like to change that.

Scott Jorgensen punched his ticket to a bantamweight title shot against the aforementioned Pickett, going three hard rounds and taking a competitive, but definitive unanimous decision.

Unfortunately, his grit and cardio were not enough to overcome the bizarre striking and inhuman takedown prowess of Dominick Cruz at WEC 53, and the always-entertaining Jorgenson was forced back into the morass of 135-pound contenders.

He rebounded in fantastic fashion, though, knocking out American Top Team product Ken Stone with a one-hitter quitter from inside the latter's guard. Afterwards, he took on the returning Jeff Curran at UFC 137, and while he occasionally had trouble with the crafty veteran's lethal grappling, he managed to pull out a decision win.

Putting these two in the same cage is sure to produce something amazing.

UFC 143, which takes place Feb. 4, 2012, is headlined by a welterweight interim title bout between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz. In addition, Mike Pierce will look to finally crack the welterweight elite by defeating eternal contender Josh Koscheck, while prospects Erik Koch and Dustin Poirier will go head-to-head in an explosive throwdown.


split decision2011-12-11 06:56:12 +0000 #2
Barao wins this one with ease. I want to see him fight top-tier guys. He's full of promise.
Jeff Mondo2011-12-11 07:12:50 +0000 #3
I would argue that Jorgensen is definitely a top tier opponent. Not Top 5 material, but certainly Top 10 at least.

Barao's likely going to challenge for the title one day, but at this point, even a lot of hardcore fans are very unaware of him. I don't blame the UFC one bit if they want to give him a bunch of fights to build his name and attract more attention before he fights for the belt.

And that'll just add to his ridiculous win streak that he's on, which you know the UFC is going to advertise the hell out of once he does get a title fight.

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