Renan Pegado retains his bantamweight title as he defeats challenger Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel TV 7. The fight was an awesome display of talent and skill by the bantamweight champion and he was able to submit McDonald at 3 minutes and 57 seconds of round 4 via a classic arm-triangle choke. This is the champ’s 30th consecutive win since 2005 interrupted only by a no contest in 2007.
Could “Barao” be the luckiest and the most skilful bantamweight fighter in MMA? Apparently so, and just to prove this, Pegado exclaimed that next on his list was to fight Dominick Cruz, a 27 year old Alliance MMA bantamweight with a terrific 19 win and 1 loss MMA professional career. However, this plan may still be unable to push through since “The Dominator” has not returned to UFC since October 2011 after a terrible injury that led to a torn ACL. News is that last December 2012, Cruz had undergone surgery once more after his body rejected a tendon that was harvested from a cadaver. Cruz’s trainer and doctors said that it would probably take the fighter about 6 to 12 months to completely recover from his recent surgery.
After the win, Pegado was heard saying: “I wish Dominick a quick recovery so that he can come and give a fight to the public.” He told Fox Sports: “I will train very hard; I’m very much looking forward to this fight. I want to give a good show and I’m going to beat him.”
Fans say that whether Dominick Cruz is able to get back to MMA and to UFC for a fight with the champion, Cruz will basically be beaten by Pegado easily. To note that the champion has never lost for 7 years and has ranked five impressive wins under UFC. When he submitted McDonald at the Wembley Arena in London, his skills and this formidable talent was overwhelming. Fighting Cruz will be an understatement.
Pegado further added: “I feel great. I worked very hard for that with all of my teammates at Nova Uniao in Rio de Janeiro. That’s the result of long days of work.” He mentioned that a great factor in his victory was knowing his skills and followed all instructions given to him which worked perfectly in the end. And regarding his next fight: “I believe my toughest fight is going to be the next one.”