MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight contender Urijah Faber not only lost his interim title fight against Brazilian Renan Barao at UFC 149 in Canada, he also sustained a broken rib for his troubles.
Barao defeated Faber via unanimous decision to become the interim bantamweight champion, and Faber said after the bout that he may have a broken rib.
An X-ray confirmed Faber's suspicion, and he later tweeted that Barao "broke my rib in the 1st with a great knee."
It was the fifth straight time that Faber lost a championship fight.
He was not the only fighter who suffered injuries during the fight card. French heavyweight Cheick Kongo fought through a shoulder injury against Shawn Jordan, while Tim Boetsch said he broke his foot in his fight against Hector Lombard.
"It's really painful. I have good control of myself to try to weather the pain, but it’s really painful," said Kongo, who labored through a unanimous decision victory against Jordan.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, the French fighter apologized for what was an uneventful, slow-paced bout, saying, "I'm sorry the performance wasn’t too explosive or really intense, but I tried my best."
Meanwhile, Boetsch told MMA Fighting in a separate interview that he injured his foot at the beginning of the second round.
"Honestly, it feels like it's broken. There’s a white hot pain that's very hard to ignore," he said.
Boetsch said he was happy with his performance right before the injury, feeling that his footwork was good and that he was light on his feet.
"After the injury it took a little more focus and more effort... I was able to push through the second and third round and keep enough striking to earn the win," he said.