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UFC bantamweight Renan Barao linked to possible title-defense against Michael McDonald

Last night marked the first appearance for UFC interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit since winning the belt back in February. Condit opted to wait for linear title-holder Georges St-Pierre to recover from knee surgery rather than risk an opportunity to face him by taking to the Octagon beforehand.

However, it looks like bantamweight Renan Barao won’t be afforded the same luxury as Condit despite being in a similar position, as UFC President Dana White announced over the weekend that the 29-1 Brazilian would likely see action in the coming months. Barao won the division’s interim strap earlier this year against Urijah Faber when Dominick Cruz suffered a torn ACL in training.

“We were talking about Barao defending his title now,” said White to media after the conclusion of UFC 154 about the organization’s plans in 2013. “Whether he wants to wait or not, we’re going to go back to him probably soon here and have him defend it.”

MMAWeekly was on hand and able to provide transcription of White’s comments.

White also revealed Michael McDonald (15-1) would likely serve as Barao’s opponent. The 21-year old “Mayday” has come out with his hand raised in eight straight bouts including an April knockout of Miguel Torres.

It is currently unknown when Cruz will return to the ring. He suffered the injury in May with a timetable for recovery in the 9-12 month range.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    What? The UFC might actually do what the Interim belt is suppose to do? What is this madness.

  • Creature says:

    Id love to see this, both guys have looked impressive as hell.

    Ill go with Mcdonald via KO

  • Screenplaya says:

    Dear UFC,

    You know that Interim titles are just #1 Contendership fights. The fighters know it. The fans know it. You use it so you can sell PPVs to casual fans by putting a “title” on the line. That is fine.

    Now, all you need to do is make sure that fighters who fight for such “titles” agree in advance to defend it or relinquish it. Sounds like you might have learned that lesson, based on this article, but I just wanted to make it clear: If an interim title means that a second title is created but is not being defnded, then it is total BS.



  • AlphaOmega says:

    You know though if that was Urijah holding the interim belt the article would read that Urijah can wait as long as he wants for Cruz, and I like Urijah a lot he’s in my top 5 fav fighters, but he’s also the UFC’s poster boy for the smaller weight classes. If it’s a big name, they won’t have to defend the Interim belt, making it useless, if it’s not a big name, then they have to do what the belt was meant for.


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