Originally Posted by eyelevel4
Barao is amazing. He doesn't get enough credit. I feel like he would've beaten the pre-injury Cruz, and he'd take Cruz if Dom makes a comeback. Been saying it for a while. Maybe not a finish, but I'd certainly see Barao as the favorite.
I agree that Barao is amazing.
I just don't think he would be able to deal with Cruz's angles. The only time Faber caught Barao was when he came in off an angle. Sadly, most of the time Faber was content to sit on the outside and get picked apart. Everytime he tried to move forward he did it in a straight line and ate a 1-2.
Barao has great straight punches but doesn't throw too many hooks. Also, Cruz wouldn't sit in front of him like Faber did.
This is all pre-injury Cruz btw. I have no idea how he will look when he comes back.