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Renan Barao out of UFC 161 title-defense due to injury

Renan Barao out of UFC 161 title-defense due to injury

UFC bantamweight Renan Barao has won thirty straight tilts since stumbling in his professional debut including dominant showings against some of the sport’s best but, as the MMA world learned this weekend, he’s still a mortal man. Though not officially announced, it appears Barao suffered an undisclosed foot injury while training for a June 15 defense of his interim belt against Eddie Wineland and has been forced to withdraw as a result.

Brazilian outlet TATAME was first to report the matter, while MMAJunkie was told Barao would “probably” be unavailable for UFC 161 by one of the organization’s representatives but was undergoing additional testing on Monday before any additional moves were made.

The 30-1 Barao has notched seven wins under the Zuffa banner including success in the Octagon against Scott Jorgensen, Brad Pickett, Michael McDonald, and Urijah Faber.

It is unknown if the UFC will find a replacement in the rumble or re-schedule it for a future date. If pulled from the card, UFC 161 is still set to feature bouts between Tyron Woodley-Jake Shields, Pat Barry-Shawn Jorgan, Mauricio Rua-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Dan Henderson-Rashad Evans.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    That sucks for Barao but you know Cruz might be kinda happy, at least this way it postpones Barao for tying or beating his title defenses and the UFC trying to explain why the Interim title holder has defended the belt more then the real title holder.

  • YetiLee says:

    Of course the UFC finally comes to my city and I pay a small fortune getting 3 tickets for the event and we lose the main event. It sucks but at as long as the rest doesn’t change it will still be a stacked card and worth the money.


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