Times have changed.
For Cyborg and the UFC, and for Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, it’s a new era, albeit for different reasons. Somewhere in the middle of Cyborg and Silva is Renan Barao trying to find his place again at the top of the mountain.
UFC Fight Night Brasilia also reminded us that underdogs can still win, and even knock out the so-called 15th best fighter in the world. And we may have experienced the emergence of the next great UFC color commentator.
UFC Brasilia is in the books. Let’s look at what matters going forward.
Renan Barao Bounces Back
When Dominick Cruz was out on the shelf, Renan Barao was dominating the bantamweight division. He won the championship and some were even calling him the best fighter in the world. But then he met T.J. Dillashaw, who rewrote the script and made a human out of Barao, knocking him out twice. So his fight or flight instincts kicked in, and he flew to the featherweight division, where lost his first fight to Jeremy Stephens. But Barao proved he’s got a lot good fight left in him against Phillipe Nover, winning a unanimous decision. Barao looked quick and aggressive. He may have another championship run in him.
Dominick Cruz Has Mic Skills
We already know Dominick Cruz is one of the best fighters in the world. At UFC Brasilia, he showed he’s already one of the best announcers. His technical expertise inside the cage crossed over to the booth. Cruz was non-emotional, simply giving the straight-talk, explaining each fighter’s skills and weaknesses. His analysis of the Barao match was fun to listen to, ….View full article