UFC on FX 7 Results Recap: Renan Barao utilizes diverse skillset to submit Michael McDonald


UFC on FX 7 is in the books live from London, England, and we have a truly legitimate force as the UFC Interim Bantamweight champion. Renan Barao used a diverse array of skills to best challenger Michael McDonald, who looked to become the youngest champion in UFC history. The fight was a slugfest from start to finish, as Barao scored a couple of early takedowns while McDonald used his trademark boxing to land some great shots.

He had Barao rocked at one point, but the Brazilian battled back to land some truly incredible kicks, blasting McDonald with an absolutely vicious spinning back kick to the face. In the fourth round, McDonald gambled heavily for position, and thus gave up his back. Barao capitalized by locking on a super-tight arm triangle, and while McDonald withstood the hold for some time, the end was near. Barao makes quite the statement in defending his interim belt.

In the co-main event, two extremely tough Featherweights went to war in Cub Swanson versus Dustin Poirier. You could tell that every strike thrown had bad intentions, and it was a back-and-forth war. Poirier proved himself a game fighter by scoring repeated flurries of pinpoint strikes, but Swanson found a late takedown to control the onslaught as the bout wound down to a close. Ultimately Swanson earned the hard-fought unanimous decision victory, but something tells me we haven’t seen the last of Dustiin Poirier as a top-ranked Featherweight.

In other action, Jimi Manuwa earned a victory over Cyrille Diabate after Diabate suffered a calf injury to end the first round. Gunnar Nelson outpointed Jorge Santiago to earn a unanimous decision victory. At Light Heavyweight, Jame Te Huna beat Ryan Jimmo in a hard-fought, grinding decision win. Finally, Matt Riddle thoroughly dominated Che Mills to score another decision win to start the main card out. UFC on FX 7 had a ton of decision wins, but truly showcased the advanced skills of one Renan Barao. Hopefully Dominick Cruz returns healthy sooner than later to make his case against the Brazilian phenom. 

UFC on FX 7 Full Results:

Main Card (Live on Fuel TV, 3:00 PM ET)
Renan Barao defeated Michael McDonald by Submission (Arm Triangle, 4th Round, 3:57)
Cub Swanson defeated Dustin Poirier by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jimi Manuwa defeated Cyrille Diabate by TKO (Injury, 1st Round, 5:00)
Gunnar Nelson defeated Jorge Santiago by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
-James Te Huna defeated  Ryan Jimmo by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Riddle defeated Che Mills by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Preliminary Card (Live on Fuel TV webcast, 12:00 PM ET)
-Renee Forte defeated Terry Etim by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
-Danny Castillo defeated Paul Sass by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28))
-Andy Ogle defeated Josh Grispi by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
-Tom Watson defeated Stanislov Nedkov by TKO (Ref Stoppage, 2nd Round, 4:42)

Main Card:

Renan Barao def. Michael McDonald via R4 Submission (Arm Triangle)

Cub Swanson def. Dustin Poirier via Unanimous Decision 

Jimi Manuwa defeated Cyrille Diabate via R1 TKO (Injury)

Gunnar Nelson def. Jorge Santiago via Unanimous Decision

James Te Huna def. Ryan Jimmo via Unanimous Decision 

Matt Riddle def. Che Mills via Split Decision

Preliminary Card:

Renee Forte def. Terry Etim via Unanimous Decision 

Danny Castillo def. Paul Sass via Unanimous Decision

Andy Ogle def. Josh Grispi via Unanimous Decision 

Tom Watson def. Stanislov Nedkov via TKO (Ref Stoppage)

  • Barao is a beast.

  • I f*ckin hope he destroys that cocy mofo cruz!!!!!!!!!!

  • Love Barao, expected him to keep his streak and he did just that, hes gonna be running the bantamweight division for a while boys get use to it

  • Dominic Cruz will be ready to fight again in 2030…..!

  • I don't count the overturned decision due to marijuana use as a loss so I believe this is 4 in a row for Riddle and hey I'll smoke to that!

  • That was such a quick transition into the head arm choke, so quick. Great fight.

  • Zip

    Late to the debate, I know…damn work. Looked like the fight could have gone either way if not for that lethal triangle. Never seen Barao rocked before, I'd love to see the two go at it again 🙂

    • I definitely think Mike could be a force in the future. Kid is so young.

  • Mayday really should probably go to another camp (although he most likely isn't beating Barao right now). His corner was giving him incredibly intelligent advice, one round basically consisted of:"c'mon man don't get caught with those front kicks…. this fight isn't going 5 rounds anyway you're good… stop going near the fence, he's pushing you there for takedowns".

    Barao is damn good. I still haven't seen anything from him that shows he'd beat a 100% Cruz, but there's no guarantee Cruz will be 100% when/if he comes back.

  • Thought this was a pretty boring card on the whole. The title fight was good but many before it were putting me to sleep. RIddle won the boring fighter of the night award though. Not sure he even hurt Mills let alone came close to finishing…