February 16, 2013
Pegado retains UFC interim bantamweight title
By NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency
Renan (Barao) Pegado picked up his first successful title defence, submitting Michael (Mayday) McDonald in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London, England, on Saturday.
The interim bantamweight champion found himself in hot water early after getting dropped from a series of stiff punches to the temple. However, Pegado grabbed a desperation clinch before tripping MacDonald to the mat.
MacDonald continued to stick to the outside, looking for his moments to explode into the pocket and land punches. However, he didn’t vary his attack enough, as Pegado began to time the pattern and deliver counter punches.
In the fourth, Pegado tripped MacDonald to the mat and locked in an arm-triangle choke for the win.
“I feel great,” Pegado said through his translator. “This is the result of hard work. I spent Christmas training in Rio.”
Following the win, Pegado wished bantamweight titleholder Dominick Cruz a speedy recovery.