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Barao to defend interim title against McDonald

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UFC Bantamweight Renan Barao got the opportunity of a lifetime in July at UFC 149. When 135 lb. champion Dominick Cruz was forced to pull out of his fight with Urijah Faber because of an injury, Barao got the tap to fight for the interim title. After 25 minutes Renan was awarded the unanimous decision and his first UFC title.


After the victory over Faber, Barao came out saying he'd rather wait for Cruz to return from injury than defend his interim title. Now, with the recent news that Cruz's injury hiatus has been extended, it looks like Barao's plans have changed.


MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani confirmed the news on his Twitter account:


Ariel Helwani


As just reported on @UFCTonight, @danawhite told me Barao vs. McDonald is 100% going down in '13 for the interim 135-pound belt. Date TBD.

4 Dec 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Michael McDonald has been working his way up the Bantamweight ladder. He's undefeated at 4-0 in the UFC. In his last bout he knocked out former 135 lb. kingpin Miguel Torres in the first round.

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