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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Dana: Barao to defend his interim title.

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Renan Barao may defend interim bantamweight belt vs. Michael McDonald

MONTREAL -- Interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao may be asked to defend that belt instead of taking on injured champ Dominick Cruz, UFC president Dana White said after UFC 154.

White made the revelation while discussing Carlos Condit's decision to wait nine months and fight Georges St-Pierre instead of defending his interim belt. White said the two situations were not comparable, as the UFC had asked Condit to jump through hoops while pushing him aside for Nick Diaz on one occasion.

"We were talking about Barao defending his title now," White said. "Whether he wants to wait or not, we're going to go back to him soon probably here and have him defend it."

When asked if McDonald would be the challenger, he said, "I think so, yeah."

McDonald is undefeated during his Zuffa tenure, winning all five of his fights, including his last two by knockout. His last victory, a 3-minute, 18-second KO of Miguel Torres, stamped him as a contender. He's 15-1 overall, but has been recovering from a hand injury since the Torres fight.

Barao has one of the longest unbeaten streaks in MMA, going 30 consecutive fights without a loss. He took a unanimous decision from Urijah Faber in July to capture the interim belt.

Champion Cruz is still shelved while rehabilitating a surgically repaired torn ACL, with no set timetable for his return.
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That's an excellent fight but I'm a little confused by the timing unless Cruz has had some sort of setback, they're starting to announce events for early 2013 when Cruz gets back, if they fight in February or March then that means Cruz vs. the interim champ would happen in the summer.

Barao/Mayday could have happened by now or in December.

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Renan Barao may defend interim bantamweight belt vs. Michael McDonald

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MONTREAL -- Interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao may be asked to defend that belt instead of taking on injured champ Dominick Cruz, UFC president Dana White said after UFC 154.

White made the revelation while discussing Carlos Condit's decision to wait nine months and fight Georges St-Pierre instead of defending his interim belt. White said the two situations were not comparable, as the UFC had asked Condit to jump through hoops while pushing him aside for Nick Diaz on one occasion.

"We were talking about Barao defending his title now," White said. "Whether he wants to wait or not, we're going to go back to him soon probably here and have him defend it."

When asked if McDonald would be the challenger, he said, "I think so, yeah."

McDonald is undefeated during his Zuffa tenure, winning all five of his fights, including his last two by knockout. His last victory, a 3-minute, 18-second KO of Miguel Torres, stamped him as a contender. He's 15-1 overall, but has been recovering from a hand injury since the Torres fight.

Barao has one of the longest unbeaten streaks in MMA, going 30 consecutive fights without a loss. He took a unanimous decision from Urijah Faber in July to capture the interim belt.

Champion Cruz is still shelved while rehabilitating a surgically repaired torn ACL, with no set timetable for his return.
It would be nice to see an Interim belt holder actually defend it. Kinda irritated me that Condit didn't do the same, I thought the whole point of an Interim belt was to keep the division active

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Don't think many are interested...

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It would be nice to see an Interim belt holder actually defend it. Kinda irritated me that Condit didn't do the same, I thought the whole point of an Interim belt was to keep the division active

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It is and should be. Hope this fight takes place.

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I really need to watch some of Michael McDonald's fights man. 21 years old and already 15-1? A KO win over Torres no less...Interesting prospect.

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I really need to watch some of Michael McDonald's fights man. 21 years old and already 15-1? A KO win over Torres no less...Interesting prospect.
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Barao takes it. But MM is the real deal. He has all the skills he just needs to refine them.

Barao is damn good though. I think he beats MM and Cruz.
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Thank god, I hate interim champs that just sit and wait for the champ. This will be an incredible fight that is main event material, and the winner vs Cruz will also be a barn burner.
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