Matches To Make: UFC 169

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Barao (red gloves) after defeating top contender Urijah Faber for a second time. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 169 saw Brazilian pound-for-pound kings Renan Barao and Jose Aldo defend their respective belts, both doing so in impressive fashion. However, many felt that Herb Dean stopped Barao’s TKO over Urijah Faber too early – albeit Faber was dropped several times, the replay showed that he put his thumbs up to the ref as a way of showing he was okay, though admittedly it was tough to see the gesture. Faber took the ‘early’ stoppage gracefully, praising Barao on his victory and showing why humbleness can go a long way with fans.

In the co main event, Jose Aldo outclassed Ricardo Lamas, though it was an admirable effort by the challenger who unanimously won the fifth round and showed a lot of grit and heart in the process. Aldo secured his legacy as one of the greatest lighter weight fighters in UFC history, but also showed a lack of killer instinct in letting the fight go the distance. He also proved that his cardio problems haven’t completely gone; though he didn’t look as bad as the Hominick fight during the fifth round, he was outworked in the later rounds.

Elsewhere, Alistair Overeem won a unanimous decision victory over Frank Mir in a three round destruction, while Ali Bagautinov effectively ended John Lineker’s title hopes. In the first main card fight, Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner put on a show, winning Fight of the Night, with the knockout by Trujillo also winning him Knockout of the Night honours. The fight was a back and forth war, with the former WEC champion seemingly getting the better of the exchanges with Trujillo and almost finishing him, but Abel slugged back and won a come-from-behind victory in the second. The preliminary card was less than memorable, but there were wins for the likes of Nick Catone, Chris Cariaso and a controversial decision win for Alan Patrick, amongst others.

This article will look at some matches to make coming out of the event, click “next” to start the slideshow. Do you agree with any of the picks, disagree, or can you offer some better suggestions? Please comment below.

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