UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber II takes place this evening at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and is headlined with a bantamweight title bout between champion Renan Barao and challenger Urijah Faber. Barao earned the decision win in their first meeting back in 2012, but can Faber’s momentum from his four-fight win streak in 2013 carry him through to victory in the rematch?
In the co-headliner, featherweight champ Jose Aldo looks to defend his title for the sixth straight time as he takes on Ricardo Lamas. Also on the card, heavyweights Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem clash in what could very well be a loser-leave-town match.
ProMMAnow.com will provide live results and play-by-play commentary throughout the evening. Be sure to check out our UFC 169 staff picks to see our predictions, and check out staredown photos from the weigh-ins.
Following tonight’s fights go watch the UFC 169 post-fight press conference.
UFC 169 quick results:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (3:42) – for UFC bantamweight title
- Jose Aldo def. Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) – for UFC featherweight title
- Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ali Bagautinov def. John Lineker by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner by KO (punch) Rd 2 (2:32)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Alan Patrick def. John Makdessi by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Chris Cariaso def. Danny Martinez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Nick Catone def. Tom Watson by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
- Al Iaquinta def. Kevin Lee by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Clint Hester def. Andy Enz by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
- Rashid Magomedov def. Tony Martin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Neil Magny def. Gasan Umalatov by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC 169 play-by-play:
155 lbs: Al Iaquinta vs. Kevin Lee
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Left to the body from Iaquinta. Lee with a left jab. Al misses a head kick attempt. Nice right on the jaw from Lee. Body kick from Al but eats a right. Al lands a big left that drops Lee. Lee gets back to his feet but eats another shot. Left to the body from Al. Knee to the body from Lee. Jab. Left hook from Iaquinta. Uppercut from Iaquinta. Lee shoots for a single, Iaquinta goes for a heel hook but Lee is able to defend by peeling Al’s hands off his ankle. Lee escapes but Al goes for the leg again. Iaquinta gets to his feet as Lee escapes. They square up after Lee throws a knee as Al stands. Jab from Iaquinta, leg kick. Good head movement from Iaquinta. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Iaquinta.
Round 2 – High kick from Lee. Left to the body, overhand right from Iaquinta. Lee ducks under a punch for a takedown, takes Iaquinta’s back and sinks in the rear-naked choke. Iaquinta trying to peel it off but it’s deep, under the chin, with a body triangle. 3 minutes left in the round. Lee finally lets it go but retains the body triangle and continues to fight for the choke. Iaquinta controlling the hand of Lee with two hands, starts to roll but now back on their back with Al still locked in the body triangle. One minute to go. They roll over but Al is still trapped. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Lee.
Round 3 – Nice right from Iaquinta stuns Lee and backs him up. Iaquinta lands two more. Jab from Lee. Left hook from Iaquinta. Al just misses an uppercut, right to the body. Lee shoots under the right hand for a takedown once again. Scramble, but Iaquinta gets bloodied up with a couple punches on the ground. Right hand from Lee scores. Head kick from Iaquinta. Left hook from Iaquinta. Lee slips on a kick, right back up. Iaquinta shoots for a single, Lee throws a head kick with the other leg and forces Al to let the leg go. They square up again. Left right from Al as Lee shoots in. Jab from Lee. Jab from Iaquinta. Lee shoots, stuffed. Left hook from Al, jab from Lee. Jab from Lee. Overhand right from Lee. Right to the body, left to body, right over the top from Iaquinta. Nice jab. Left jab from Lee. Jab from Iaquinta, then a one two, then a jab. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Iaquinta and the fight for Iaquinta 29-28.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Al Iaquinta def. Kevin Lee by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-27)
185 lbs: Nick Catone vs. Tom Watson
Round 1 – Leg kick Watson. Body kick Catone. High kick from Watson. Catone fires back with a right. Leg kick Watson. Inside leg kick Catone. Nice right follows. Leg kick Watson. Leg kick Catone. Leg kick Watson. Catone shoots, presses Watson to the cage. Watson escapes to the center. Jab from Catone, Watson counters with a leg kick. Another. Body kick Catone. Leg kick Watson, but Catone puts him on his back. Watson gets to a knee against the cage. Catone has a body lock as Watson tries to get up. Catone puts him on his back before the bell, Watson is able to get up. PMN sees the round 10-9 Catone.
Round 2 – Jab from Catone. Right hand. Head kick scores for Watson. Big leg kick. Another. Catone with a leg kick. Nice right from Catone. Jab from Catone as Watson lands a kick. Right from Catone. Inside leg kick from Watson. Again. Big leg kick from Watson. Right from Catone. Leg kick from Watson but Catone times it for a takedown. Watson right back to his feet as Catone presses him to the cage. Catone backs off. Another takedown from Catone. Watson gets to his feet as Catone presses on him. Catone fighting for the takedown, takes a knee from Watson. PMN sees the round 10-9 Catone.
Round 3 – Big leg kick Watson. Again. Catone shoots from outside, stuffed, takes an eye poke but ref lets it go. Watson with a leg kick. Jab from Catone. Leg kick from Watson. Catone shoots, stuffed. Knee from Watson. Left from Catone. Head kick Watson. Jab, leg kick Watson. Leg kick taking its toll on Catone. Nice jab from Catone. Crowd getting restless, wants a finish. Leg kick Watson. Uppercut, right over the top from Catone, he then times a great takedown. Watson gets right back up though, eats a right. Watson with a jab. Right from Catone. Jab. Leg kick Watson. Catone with another takedown. Watson gives up his back. Catone gets one hook, now two hooks in. Watson fighting to get up but Catone holding him tight as Watson makes it up against the cage. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Catone and the fight 30-27 for Catone.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Nick Catone def. Tom Watson by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
125 lbs: Chris Cariaso vs. Danny Martinez
Round 1 – High kick from Cariaso. Martinez shoots, presses Cariaso to the cage. High kick and two body kicks from Cariaso, another high kick. Leg kick. Martinez shoots in, pressing on Cariaso. Martinez backs up and lands a couple but eats a couple. Body kick Cariaso, Martinez comes in swinging. Shoots again, dumps Cariaso to the mat. Cariaso’s back to the cage with one minute to go. Body shots from Cariaso. He gets to his feet as Martinez still pressing him against the cage, dumps him for a slam near the center. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Martinez.
Round 2 – Cariaso comes out swinging. Martinez with a left, Cariaso counters with a leg kick and punches. Martinez fires back in the pocket, Cariaso with same in a nice exchange. Leg kick Cariaso. Right counter from Cariaso. Right jab. Right to body, left to head from Martinez, shoots in and presses Cariaso to the cage looking for the takedown again. Boos from the crowd at the stalemate. Cariaso escapes to the center. High kick. Left hand. Jab, one two, body kick follows. Martinez shoots in again against the cage. Gets Cariaso down again, trying to hold him there but Cariaso is right back up. Martinez drops levels. Knee from Cariaso. Couple elbows to the side of the head. Martinez finally gets him down but Cariaso is right back up and lands a kick. PMN sees the round 10-9 Cariaso. Close though because of the takedowns, could go either way.
Round 3 – Left hand from Cariaso hurts Martinez. Seems okay now. Leg kick Cariaso. Nice left hook from Martinez, then a right. Presses Cariaso to the cage. Drops levels. Cariaso escapes to the center, lands a jab but gets put on his back again. Cariaso is able to get up fairly quick, lands a stiff jab. Left hook to the body, right up stairs from Martinez, he shoots in for the takedown attempt. Lets it go. Pressing Cariaso to the cage, but Cariaso escapes to the center. High kick, again. Again. Leg kick. Leg kick right hand. Right hook counter from Martinez. Nice straight left from Cariaso. Right hook Martinez. Martinez presses him to the cage, dropping levels, stuffed. he backs out. Another decision. PMN sees the round 10-9 Cariaso and the fight 29-28 Cariaso.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Chris Cariaso def. Danny Martinez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
155 lbs: John Makdessi vs. Alan Patrick
Round 1 – Patrick with a takedown, Makdessi pops right up. Clinch, knee from Patrick. Body kick attempt. Leg kick Makdessi. Body kick from Patrick, spin kick attempt. He shoots, stuffed. Misses a spinning backfist. Leg kick Patrick. Spinning backfist attempt again from Patrick, eats a counter right. Patrick misses a wheel kick. Knee from Patrick. Left hook from Patrick. Leg kick Makdessi. Jab Makdessi. Takedown from Patrick but Makdessi right back up as Patrick holds on to him against the cage. Knee from Patrick. PMN sees the round 10-9 Patrick. Could go either way.
Round 2 – Patrick shoots, stuffed. Body kick Patrick. Side kick Makdessi. Left hand from Patrick. Big takedown follows. Makdessi gets back up briefly, dragged back down, but right back up. They square up. Left hand from Patrick. Leg kick Makdessi. Left counter from Makdessi scores. Makdessi cut on his nose, bleeding. Leg kick Makdessi. Nice stiff jab from Makdessi. Leg kick Makdessi. Body jab Makdessi. Spinning back kick with not much on it lands. PMN sees the round 10-9 Makdessi.
Round 3 – Leg kick, jab from Makdessi. Left hook from Patrick, he shoots, stuffed. Body jab Makdessi. Left hand from Patrick, leg kick. Left from Patrick. Head kick scores for Patrick. Body kick Makdessi. Body jab. Leg kick Makdessi. Left hand from Patrick, shoots, stuffed. Jab from Makdessi. Jab. Front kick to the leg causes Patrick to fall down. Makdessi lets him up. Jab from Makdessi. Left hook Patrick, shoots in and presses Makdessi to the cage, drags him down for a split second, but Makdessi back up. Patrick pressing him to the cage. Left, right from Makdessi as Patrick shoots in. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Makdessi and the fight 29-28 for Makdessi. The crowd boos after watching their 7th straight decision. Jesus.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alan Patrick def. John Makdessi by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
If the prelims were meant to “sell” the PPV, nobody is buying this card. I realize not every fight is going to be a finish… but seven decisions in a row? Nuts.
155 lbs: Abel Trujillo vs. Jamie Varner
Round 1 – Nice jab from Varner. Trujillo comes back swinging. Front kick Varner. Right hand follows. Nice exchange. Right counter from Varner. Varner scores again. Nice left hook from Varner. Varner muscles a takedown, rolls and takes Trujillo’s back, no hooks in yet. North-south position, locks up a choke. Trujillo seems okay and gives some punches to the side of Varner’s head. Varner lets it go, Trujillo gets up and they square up. They exchange some big punches in the pocket, both landing. Trujillo lands a couple nice punches and a knee before the bell. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Varner.
Round 2 – Varner went to the wrong corner after the round. Said his right arm was tired from the choke. Right hand from Trujillo, Varner tags him with a counter though and rocks him. They throw down in the pocket and Trujillo is hurt, he goes down and shoots for a leg as Varner lands hammerfists. Varner had him in some real trouble. Trujillo to his feet and fires back with punches but Varner is teeing off, Trujillo rocked, but musters up a big right hand that drops Varner face first to the canvas in what is easily fight of the night so far and candidate for fight of the year. A right hook put Varner out cold.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner by KO (punch) Rd 2 (2:32)
125 lbs: Ali Bagautinov vs. John Lineker
Round 1 – Takedown from Ali. Inside Lineker’s full guard. Elbows from Lineker off his back. Lineker pushes him back to try to get up but Ali stays on him. Ali working the ground and pound. Lineker goes for a heel hook, cranks it. No dice. Lets it go. Ali locks up his own leglock now. Lineker escapes to his feet and tells Ali to let’s punch. Leg kick Lineker. Ali catches a kick and dumps Lineker on his back. Ali on top in half guard controlling the position. Lineker looking for a kimura, Ali escapes it before the bell. PMN sees the round 10-9 Bagautinov.
Round 2 – Lineker stalking. Ali circling. Ali shoots for a single, grabs the leg, kicks the other leg. Presses Lineker to the cage and unloads a punch combo. He backs out, left hook. Lineker stalking. Right to the body from Lineker, again, another one. Ali lands a one two. But Lineker lands another right to the body. Ali shoots for the sinlge, Lineker landing elbows to the body. Ali presses him to the cage. Knee from Lineker. They square up again. Lineker back to stalking. Nice left counter from Ali. Body kick follows. They slug it out before the bell. PMN sees the round 10-9 Lineker.
Round 3 – Lineker back to stalking a circling Ali Bagautinov. Knee from Ali, then a takedown. Lineker uses the cage to get up but gets tripped back to the ground. Lineker looking for a kimura. Ali on top in half guard dropping elbows to the body. Lineker back to his feet but Ali puts him right back down. Half the round gone. Ali on top in half guard working the ground and pound. Lineker stands, Ali still pressing him to the cage, knee to the body. Backs out to the center and they square up. Lineker back to stalking, Ali shoots, gets another takedown. Ali landing some nice punches as Lineker goes for a heel hook. Ali plays to the crowd knowing he, a sambo expert, will not be submitted by a heel hook. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Bagautinov and the fight 29-28 for Bagautinov.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ali Bagautinov def. John Lineker by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
265 lbs: Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
Round 1 – 20 seconds in, high kick from Mir misses. Right to the body from Reem. Mir comes in with punches, Reem grabs him and turns him to the cage, lands a knee to the body. Backs out. Leg kick, left hand from Reem. Left hook/slapish from Reem. Big knee to the body from Reem. Knee to the face rocks Mir, he stumbles to the ground and Reem attacks, lands a big elbow and punch while holding the wrist of Mir, controlling his left arm. Reem lands a huge right, some left hands and a knee to the body. Mir gets to his feet. Knee to body. Reem backs out. Mir still in his face. Reem’s hands down. Mir stalking, side kick, misses with the punch. Clinch from Reem, Mir drops down for a leglock. No dice. Reem on top in half guard. Mir’s nose bleeding. He has Reem tied up, eats a hammerfist and then another from Reem. He’s keeping Reem tight now as the round ends. Couple body/head shots from Reem. PMN sees it 10-9 for Reem.
Round 2 – Nice jab from Reem snaps Mir’s head back. Leg kick Mir. Reem checks the next one. Reem catches a kick and throws Mir to the ground after landing a big left. Mir comes in swinging after getting up, Reem ties him up and pushes him to the cage. After a stall, ref separates him. Mir shoots in and gets the takedown. On top, goes for the guillotine but Reem slips his head out. Reem now on top in half guard. Nice right from Reem, more ground and pound punches. Mir bleeding from around his right eye now. Knee to the body from Reem. Big left elbow from Reem. Mir gets full guard. Elbows to the body from Reem. Mir trying to make something happen and Reem stands over him now, kicks his thigh. Ref lets Mir up with 10 seconds to go. Body kick from Reem. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Reem.
Round 3 – Mir misses a couple kicks. Mir pulls guard, Reem inside full guard. Reem stands up and lets Mir up. Mir shoots, stuffed. Reem lands a punch, knee to the body. Reem trying to work the ground and pound. Lands a nice right, a big left. Body body head shots from Reem now, hard shots. Elbow. Another elbow from Reem. Mir just holding him tight now. Reem lands another big right. Mir is busted up. Reem stands up and motions for Mir to get up with one minute to go. Big right from Reem snaps Mir’s head back. Mir still right there though in front of him. They dance it out the last 10 seconds as part of the crowd boos, part cheer. Mir has crazy heart but may have just lost his job, most likely did. PMN sees the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Overeem.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Overeem admits to “playing it safe” to make sure he “got the W” [and keep his job]. Overeem also said he heard Brock Lesnar may be coming back and said he’ll be there waiting for him.
145 lbs: José Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas – for UFC featherweight title
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Leg kick Lamas. Again. Aldo being patient, nothing thrown yet a minute in. Misses a left, right. Checks a leg kick. Jab from Lamas. Feints from Aldo. Jab. Side kick from Lamas. Aldo checks a leg kick. Aldo blocks a left, slips a right. Right left, leg kick from Aldo. Spinning back kick from Aldo. Nice body kick from Lamas. Aldo chases him down with a body punch. Was a solid kick by Lamas though. Aldo checks a leg kick and lands a couple nice body shots. Aldo flies in with a couple attempts at a left hand at the bell. PMN sees the round 10-9 Aldo.
Round 2 – Touch gloves. Aldo checks the leg kick. Then another. Front kick Aldo. Jab from Lamas. Left right, leg kick from Aldo — hard! So fast. Nice right left to the body from Aldo. Jab from Lamas. Aldo checks a leg kick. They trade rights. Knee to body from Aldo, left hook. Left right from Lamas. Big leg kick from Aldo buckles the leg. Big right left from Aldo. Nice jab from Lamas. Big leg kick from Aldo. Checks Lamas’ leg kick and Aldo lights him up. Lands another big leg kick. Leg kick Aldo. Left hook. Nice jab from Lamas but eats a big leg kick. Lamas leg buckles after Aldo blocks a high kick. Lamas checks a kick but Aldo lands another brutal one. Wheel kick from Lamas scores. PMN sees the round 10-9 Aldo.
Round 3 – Leg kick Aldo. Huge leg kick, he blocks a high kick, lands another leg kick. Aldo tees off with a one two, leg kick. Lamas goes for a single leg, stuffed. Right hand over the top from Lamas. Head kick attempt. Huge leg kick from Aldo. Body jab from Aldo. Front kick Lamas. Huge leg kick from Aldo. High kick from Lamas blocked. Nice jab from Aldo. Nice inside leg kick from Lamas. Left to body, right leg kick from Aldo — hard! Left from Lamas. Leg kick inside, right hand. Right from Aldo. Jab from Lamas. Right from Lamas. Left from Aldo. PMN sees it 10-9 Aldo.
Round 4 – Big leg kick Aldo. Lamas shoots, pushes Aldo to cage. He lifts him up in the air but can’t get him down. Lifts one leg up again, Aldo defends and presses Lamas to cage. Aldo gets a trip takedown, now on top in half guard. Aldo hops into full mount. Lamas gives up his back, Aldo gets both hooks in and is looking for the choke. Lamas escapes out the back door, goes for a single leg, pressing Aldo to the cage. Aldo lands a couple elbows to the side of Lamas’ head. Aldo turns him around to the cage. Lamas lands a knee. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 5 – Nice body kick from Lamas, again. He swings a right but Aldo gets underneath it and presses him to the cage. Aldo with the trip takedown, inside Lamas’ full guard. Body shots from Aldo. Butterfly guard from Lamas, but Aldo moves to side mount and then full mount quickly. Lamas uses the cage to push off and create a scramble that ends with him on top inside Aldo’s full guard. Lamas is right in front of his own corner getting instruction. He postures up with some punches and elbow attempts. Lamas stacking him. Attempts some punches but not too much landing. Does land and elbow and a few punches now. Problem is there’s only 30 seconds remaining. Aldo hanging on with full guard. Lamas shakes him loose and throws more punches from top. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Lamas but the fight 49-46 for Aldo.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jose Aldo def. Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
135 lbs: Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber – for UFC bantamweight title
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Leg kick Faber. Faber catches a kick, lands a right. Barao catches a kick and trips Faber briefly. Back up. Right from Faber. Right from Barao. Big leg kick. He drops Faber with a big right. Faber gets up but eats a knee. He rocks Faber with a left. Swarms him and lands a right, clinch, Faber with a knee and swinging punches. Jab, big right from Barao. Faber drives for a leg. Barao is landing some hammerfists and he looks at referee Herb Dean. Apparently, Herb asked him to do something, so Faber said he gave a thumbs up but Herb Dean stopped the fight anyway. Faber not happy with the stoppage.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (3:42)
The crowd boos the stoppage. Fitting ending to one of the least spectacular cards we’ve seen in some time.
Now go watch the UFC 169 post-fight press conference… it will likely be more exciting.