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UFC confirms Renan Barao will defend interim belt against Michael McDonald

A few weeks ago it was reported UFC bantamweight Renan Barao would put his interim title on the line against Michael McDonald as a means of keeping the champion busy instead of letting him sit on the sidelines while waiting for Dominick Cruz to return from injury. With news surfacing that Cruz will be out for an additional period of time after having his ACL replaced a second time, the UFC has decided to pull the trigger and recently confirmed Barao will indeed see action at some point soon against the dynamic 21-year old.

The organization’s announcement came on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight. No date/event were attached to the match-up.

The 15-1 McDonald is unbeaten in four Octagon appearances, scoring an opening round knockout of Miguel Torres in an April effort. Thirteen of his wins have involved some type of stoppage including nine by way of strikes.

As impressive as McDonald’s resume may be, Barao’s is quite a bit better. The Nova Uniao stand-out is 29-1 with wins in 29 straight. Among the notable opponents he’s beaten are the likes of Brad Pickett, Scott Jorgensen, and Urijah Faber.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’m still curious if this would be happening if Faber won, or some other big name had won that interim belt. But good, that’s what the interim belt is suppose to be for.


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