The Ultimate Fighting Championship made its way to Calgary, Alberta, Canada for the first time on Saturday, July 21, to put on a card in front of a sold out crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

In the main event, two bantamweights stepped inside the Octagon, but only one could walk away with the interim title and a future championship fight with the sidelined champ Dominick Cruz. Would “The California Kid” Urijah Faber earn himself a third fight against his long-time rival? Or would Brazilian Renan Barao continue his impressive winning streak?

Another four fights rounded out the main card, including Hector Lombard making his long-awaited Octagon debut in the co-main event against Tim Boetsch, heavyweights Cheick Kongo vs. Shawn Jordan, and Canadian Chris Clements competing as well.

If that wasn’t enough for fight fans, FX and YouTube had you covered, with three hours of prelim action.

Barao dominates Faber to claim interim bantamweight title

Renan Barao and Urijah Faber met in the main event to determine who would claim interim belt, as well as a future title shot against Dominick Cruz.

From the start, this fight belonged to Barao.

The Brazilian started strong, and didn’t let up a bit. With Jose Aldo helping him prepare for this fight, Barao utilized many leg kicks to throw Faber off guard, and also landed more strikes than “The California Kid”.

The fight didn’t go to the ground at all, which allowed Barao to use his range and throw an array of strikes for all five rounds.

In the end, one judge had Barao winning every round, with the other two giving Faber one round. Nevertheless, Barao won the fight by unanimous decision.

Boetsch claims split decision, Lombard debut labeled as unimpressive

The debut of Hector Lombard was one of the most anticipated debuts in UFC history, but his first appearance didn’t live up to the hype when he met Tim Boetsch.

Round one was a feeling out process for the most part, with Lombard standing his ground and luring Boetsch to come forward. Other than Lombard gaining top position once, the fight remained on the feet.

Lombard went away from his “lightning” technique, and did much of the same as in round one. The Cuban did engage on a couple of occasions, but showed respect to his opponent Boetsch by keeping his distance.

Other than a takedown by Lombard, there wasn’t much action in the final round, or fight for that matter. Fans in Calgary didn’t appreciate the slow paced fight, or how Lombard looked in his debut.

The judges scored the fight a split decision, with Boetsch picking up the win.

Kongo outworks Jordan to earn clear-cut decision

Heavyweights made their mark on the card, as Cheick Kongo took on former LSU fullback Shawn “The Savage” Jordan.

The two men started the fight very technical by dirty boxing against the cage. A low blow to Kongo caused a stop in the action, but the two went back to work trading positions around the Octagon.

Round two was another grueling battle, with both trying to wear each other down. Kongo landed more strikes in the round, but the fight continued to be contested against the cage.

The pace continued in round three, with Kongo dominating Jordan against the cage.

There was no question who won the fight, as Kongo earned a unanimous decision win.

Head edges out Ebersole by split decision

Brian Ebersole competed for the second time in the month of July, but was unimpressive as James Head stole the win.

In a bit of an unorthodox round, Head landed some good shots, but it was Ebersole who was more active. Ebersole gave up his neck many times, but didn’t mind.

Ebersole’s awkward style continued to work, as was able to land several strikes.

Round three was the same as the other two, with Head defending every takedown attempt.

In a split decision, Head was able to pull out the win.

Riddle uses late arm triangle choke to submit Clements

Heavy-handed Chris Clements made his second appearance inside the Octagon, but couldn’t improve his UFC record to 2-0 after getting submitted by Matt Riddle in round three.

Riddle wasn’t afraid to strike with Clements, and did a good job of doing so. Riddle landed a kick to the liver, which referee Josh Rosenthal thought was a low blow, but the former Ultimate Fighter member continued to control Clements for most of the opening round.

Riddle landed another takedown in the fight, and transitioned to many dominant positions while on the ground. Clements couldn’t overcome the grappling game, but did manage to do damage late in the second round.

Clements threw a variety of strikes while on the feet, but allowed Riddle to land another takedown. Clements was able to return to his feet, but was the victim of a standing arm triangle choke that Riddle used to force the Canadian to tap.

Preliminary Card Summary

To end the streak of free fights, Court McGee and Nick Ring fought for the second time, and once again, Ring edged out his fellow Ultimate Fighter season 11 competitor by unanimous decision.

Francisco “Cisco” Rivera put on a dominant performance against Roland Delorme, as he made quick work of the Canadian to score a first-round knockout victory, making the win look easy.

If you blinked in the Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh fight, you may have missed a spectacular knockout. Jimmo landed a big overhand right that knocked out Perosh in just seven seconds, tying the UFC’s record for shortest knockout in history.

“Kid Lightning” Bryan Caraway and Mitch Gagnon opened up the FX prelims, and put on an even fight until the third round. But in the final round, Caraway took the back of Gagnon and locked up a rear-naked choke to get the win.

The final YoutTube prelim bout pitted Carvalho and Daniel Pineda, as Carvalho impressed with a knockout over “The Pit” in just over a minute.

In the first fight on the card, Mitch Clarke and Anton Kuivanen kicked off the night by fighting to the judges’ scorecards. After a grappling battle, Kuivanen edged out the Canadian Clarke by split decision.

Full Results

Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46)
Tim Boetsch def. Hector Lombard by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Cheick Kongo def. Shawn Jordan by unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27)
James Head def. Brian Ebersole by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Matt Riddle def. Chris Clements by submission (arm triangle choke). Round 3, 2:02
Nick Ring def. Court McGee by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Francisco Rivera def. Roland Delorme by knockout (punches). Round 1, 4:19
Ryan Jimmo def. Anthony Perosh by knockout (punches). Round 1, 0:07
Bryan Caraway def. Mitch Gagnon by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 1:39
Antonio Carvalho def. Daniel Pineda by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:11
Anton Kuivanen def. Mitch Clarke by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Photo: Renan Barao (R) stares down Urijah Faber (MMAJunkie)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.