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UFC to enforce strict time limits on interim titles

Written on October 08, 2013 by Hector

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Dominick Cruz will be stripped off his bantamweight belt if he will not be ready to defend it by February next year

It seems like bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz will be the last fighter to hold on to his the belt without defending it for a long period of time. The Dominator was injured in May of 2012 and is sidelined up to February next year. That is more than 2 years of inactivity and the champ would probably have fought 3 times if weren’t for the injury. He was supposed to face Urijah Faber in a rematch for the bantamweight belt before he suffered from a torn ACL. He was replaced by Renan Barao and the Brazilian eventually won the interim title. He has defended the belt two times and he won both of those fights in a spectacular fashion. It should also be noted that it is the first time for an interim champion to defend the belt twice.

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Renan Barao wants to prove that he is the number 1 bantamweight in the UFC

Written on October 01, 2013 by Hector

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Interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao wants to be the best by fighting Dominick Cruz

Fresh from his highlight reel knock out of Eddie Wineland in UFC 165, Renan Barao has told MMAfighting.com that Dana White informed him that he won’t be defending the interim bantamweight in his return to the octagon.

The UFC has decided to strip Dominick Cruz of the regular title if “The Dominator” will not be cleared by the start of 2014. According to Barao, that decision makes a lot of sense since Cruz has been out for 2 years. Cruz last fought in the octagon when he defended his bantamweight title with a unanimous decision win over Demetrious Johnson in October of 2011.

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Jose Aldo Suffers from Injury, Withdraws From UFC 149

Written on June 11, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Aldo vs. Koch bout, cancelled. Faber vs. Barao title fight moved to the main event of UFC 149.

The string of injured fighters in UFC seems to be never ending. This time, it’s Jose Aldo turn to be hit by the injury bug.

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Brad Pickett All Geared up for His UFC 138 Debut

Written on September 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"With Barao, everyone is raving about him and it’s my job to find out if he is the real deal." --- Brad Pickett

Brad Pickett is looking forward to UFC 138, as it will mark his promotional debut against Renan Barão. However, he slightly tempers his enthusiasm since he has been in this position before.

But one thing is for sure, Brad Pickett – albeit very keen to be back in action after his injury – is both disappointed for not having a shot against Miguel Torres and relieved that he had overcome his affliction. Moving on and focusing on his training for UFC 138, Brad Pickett is remarkably relaxed about Renan Barão’s fearsome reputation and 26-fight win streak.

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Spike TV will Air UFC 138 for Free

Written on July 26, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After UFC 120, Spike TV is airing another UFC tournament for free with UFC 138: Chris Leben vs Mark Munoz.

Last Monday morning, Spike TV announced that UFC 138 will air on a same-day tape-delay starting at 8:00 pm ET. The said tournament will take place on November 5, at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.

UFC 138 will feature is first five-round, non-title fight, pitting Chris Leben and Mark Munoz. Other bouts set for the telecast are bantamweight Brad Pickett against Renan Barao, and lightweights Paul Taylor versus Anthony Njokuani.

The current UFC 138: Chris Leben vs Mark Munoz lineup is posted after the jump.

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UFC 130 Signs Nine Fights

Written on March 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC signs nine official match-ups for UFC 130 fight card, including a trilogy rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

UFC 130: Edgar vs Maynard 3 signs nine official match-ups for the upcoming May 28 event.

TUF season 3 winner, Kendall Grove, will welcome Tim Boetsch in the Octagon for a middleweight brawl. Meanwhile, Demetrius Johnson will square off with Renan Barao in a 135-pound showdown. In addition to this, UFC 130 will also highlight a light heavyweight match between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill. Also in the card is a heavyweight duel pitting Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.

See the complete fight card after the skip.

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