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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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Chad Mendes plans to drop to 135 after a rematch with Aldo

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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Chad Mendes is considering to made the transition to 135 after another attempt at Aldo's featherweight belt

Perennial featherweight contender Chad “Money” Mendes is planning to move to bantamweight after a rematch with Jose ALdo. Mendes, who has won 4 straight bouts by knockout, believes that it will be just a matter of time before he avenges the only loss in his career. He was doing well in that fight until he got caught by a devastating knee in the dying seconds of the first round.

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Aldo vs. Lamas targeted for Superbowl weekend card

Written on October 18, 2013 by Hector

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The featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas is rumored to headline UFC 169

UFC officials are planning to put the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas in the annual UFC Super Bowl event. The card was supposed to be headlined by Jon Jones’ 7th title defense against Glover Teixeira, but it was scrapped after Jones asked for more time to recover from the injuries that he suffered in his recent bout against Alexander Gustafsson.

White has not indicated if Aldo and Lamas will headline the card. However, UFC’s biggest stars are all scheduled to fight before the end of this year so there is a high possibility that the proposed fight will be the main event of the Super Bowl weekend card.

Aldo is perhaps the biggest MMA star in Brazil outside of Anderson Silva and Junior dos Santos. He is ranked in the top 3 of several pound-for-pound lists but it seems that he has yet to achieve global stardom. It is very evident in his latest title defense against Chan Sung Jung when he only netted a total of 170,000 PPV buys. Jones, on the other hand bagged a whopping 550,000 buys in his bout against Chael Sonnen last April.

The Aldo-Lamas bout is a very good match although it may not be as attractive compared to any bout that involves Jones. The two featherweights has always been known as action fighters and a fight between them is a sure treat to all MMA fans.

[Photos from realpain-mma.com]

 

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Cub Swanson vs Ricardo Lamas, Slated for November’s UFC on Fox 1 Event

Written on September 05, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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UFC announced a featherweight bout setting WEC's Cub Swanson against Ricardo Lamas for Nov. 12's UFC on Fox 1.

A new featherweight bout was added to the upcoming “UFC on Fox 1: Velasquez vs Dos Santos” event. UFC officials recently confirmed that MMA veterans, Cub Swanson and Ricardo Lamas, verbally agreed to meet on the show, which is expected to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on November 12.

The evening’s main card, which will headline a heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, will be aired on FOX. Swanson vs Lamas, meanwhile, will be featured on the night’s preliminary card.

The event’s title fight is the only one to get a TV slot. UFC on Fox 1 marks UFC’s debut on the network television and rolls out its 7-year agreement with FOX — a deal that entitles some UFC shows to be aired on FX and FUEL TV.

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