Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao headlines UFC 169 alongside Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas
UFC 169 will be headlined by a double header title fight featuring Cruz vs. Barao and Aldo vs. Lamas
Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will finally return to the octagon after being sidelined for more than 2 years. He will be fighting in a unification bout with interim titleholder Renan Barao in the co-main event of the annual Super Bowl weekend event of UFC. Newsday was the first to report the news and it was confirmed by UFC officials afterwards.
Cruz has been out in the octagon since his second title defense against Demetrious Johnson in October 1, 2011. The injury occurred in the filming of the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter where he coaches opposite to Urijah Faber. The two are set for a rubber match in a bout that will serve as a bantamweight title fight but to the injury, Cruz was replaced by Renan Barao. With the champion sidelined for the year, Barao and Faber fought for the interim title instead. Barao won that fight by unanimous decision. Since then, he defended the interim title twice against Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.
Meanwhile, the other card will also feature a title fight between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas. Aldo will put his featherweight title on the line for the 7th time in his career, 5 of those defenses happened in the UFC. His opponent, Ricardo Lamas has yet to taste defeat since joining UFC 2 years ago. He won all his 4 fights, finishing 3 of his opponents. Despite that, he will be heading into the fight from a 1 year layoff. He has not fought in the octagon since his 2nd round destruction of Erik Koch in January 26.
UFC 169 is set to take place on February 1 at Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey. Zuffa usually hosts the event in Las Vegas but they decided to move it to New Jersey to coincide with the NFL title game that will be held the following day at MetLife Stadium.View Article Source »