Barao was a clear favorite entering his title-fight with Eddie Wineland, so his win wasn’t necessarily noteworthy in that regard. However, the manner in which he secured his success was another story entirely. Barao blasted Wineland with a spinning kick to the face sending his foe to the mat. Seconds later the Brazilian had earned the second defense of his reign as interim champion. He looked sharp in every regard and putting a seasoned striker like Wineland away while standing, especially with the technique he used, is a feat worth admiring.
Every time a Mixed Martial Artist enters the Octagon a learning experience is about to unfold. Not only do the involved individuals gain a certain level of knowledge based on the bout, but those watching the action exit the effort with a new understanding of what each fighter has to offer. UFC 165 was no different in that regard with plenty of information being dispatched, some of it eye-opening and some simply affirmation of already-established assertions. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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