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UFC 169 Barao vs Cruz - What do you think?

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I think Barao by a clear, one-sided decision. So much of Cruz's game is built on his unorthodox rhythm and timing. He was able to close the distance and land while completely throwing off his opponents rhythm, all with footwork. The problem with his style is, if his timing is even a little off, a world class opponent will be able to take advantage. All the time he has spent out of the ring would almost certainly mean his timing will be off. But then on top of that you add the rehab from the injury...no way he looks the same.

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Are you Jake's brother?

I've got Barao, most likely by a unanimous decision.

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28 months on the shelf rehabbing from injuries to an area as significant to your fight style as knees are for Dominick Cruz..... My heart tells me he'll come out looking like he hasn't missed a beat, my head is telling me otherwise. I won't finalize a pick until it's the next event tho, so some time after 1/15. I've never gone against Cruz before tho, I'll definitely be watching vids of him training in the weeks leading up to the fight like I did when GSP returned. Trying to get a better feel for his wheels.

Style-wise, Barao presents a tougher road than GSP had with Condit however. No disrespect to Condit, but I think we can all agree that GSP coming back vs. Condit was less difficult `stylistically` than Cruz coming back vs. Barao.

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I think the long layoff will hurt Cruz in this one. I think worst case scenario Barao wins a Decision. I wouldn't be surprised to see Barao get a Submission win either.

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Posted by Webbie

Are you Jake's brother?

I've got Barao, most likely by a unanimous decision.



No, I'm not Jake's brother.

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I gotta go with barao. I think barao has both cruz's number and faber's. to be honest, I would like to see cruz lose to barao and then lose to faber after that. then faber gets another chance at barao and takes the belt one last time before retirement. I don't think it will happen though

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Barao by stoppage, most likely ko. As good as Cruz was.. He has been out for more than 2 years and barao is a beast as is Faber now. Cruz vs McDonald would be cool after the barao vs Cruz whitewash.

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Renan Barao has gone undefeated in 32 straight fights. And has been interim champion since the middle of 2012 defending the title twice coming away with a submission of the night against McDonald and a KO the night against Wineland.


All the while waiting for Cruz to return to action to get his shot at the real title. I wouldn't pick Cruz over Barao if he was fresh. Now that he hasn't fought in two + years expect a highlight reel KO and a new champ. I wouldn't take Cruz against Faber either after being out this long.

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That ring rust is just too much for me...Barao has Faber's number too I think. Just a little bit quicker and a smidge better striking. I don't see him getting beat for a while.

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Posted by tcunningham

I gotta go with barao. I think barao has both cruz's number and faber's. to be honest, I would like to see cruz lose to barao and then lose to faber after that. then faber gets another chance at barao and takes the belt one last time before retirement. I don't think it will happen though



I think Faber gets the winner of Barao/Cruz. I could see a scenario like Cruz losing to Barao, Faber losing to Barao as well and Cruz vs Faber 3 as a Co-Main Event around the end of 2014.

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Cruz will cardio him.

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That pick is already in the bag.
Barao by Dec. Cruz coming off not one but two surgeries
Plus shelf for over two Years

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Barao. 3rd round TKO

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Barao IMO is the better fight ring rust or not.

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Posted by postman

Barao IMO is the better fight ring rust or not.




i think so too.

cruz is going to run into a buzzsaw

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