UFC 165    September 21, 2013
Brad Pickett vs Renan Barao
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With respect to Eddie Wineland, this should be Renan Barao's easiest title fight thus far. Wineland is a terrific boxer with strong takedown defense; he's a counterpuncher first and foremost, with pop in his right hand. Barao won't play into his strengths, though. The interim champ should be able to kick all day on the outside and when he does commit to going inside, he's glue-like. Maybe not outstanding takedowns per se, but he latches on to opponents -- and one mistake in the scramble typically means Barao is on your back -- just ask Michael McDonald. I fear for Wineland's lead left leg in this fight. And his neck.

-- Brett Okamoto


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