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Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao headlines UFC 169 alongside Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas

Written on October 30, 2013 by Hector

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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 midway of 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.

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