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UFC bantamweight Renan Barao itching to fight but still waiting for Dominick Cruz

Bantamweight Renan Barao has stated in the past he prefers to remain active while holding the division’s interim championship. Barao, who won the belt with a decision victory over Urijah Faber last month, is currently set to face Dominick Cruz to unify the titles.

However, their clash is currently on hold while Cruz continues to rehab from knee surgery. The linear champion, Cruz is working hard to return as soon as possible but is still months away from fighting again.

“(Barao) is a UFC employee and will do whatever they tell him to, but the way we see it, there’s no other fight but Dominick Cruz,” said Barao’s manager Andres Pederneiras in a recent interview with TATAME. “The first thought is to fight for the official belt, which is now with Dominick Cruz.”

Barao talked about being open to defending the interim title while waiting for Cruz, but it seems his management would prefer he holds out for “The Dominator” to return to the ring instead of risk the opportunity to face him beforehand.

The 25-year-old Barao is 29-1 including four UFC victories since entering the promotion. He has not lost since his professional debut in 2005.


  • danw84 says:

    Oh nice, another pointless interim belt.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Belt meet Shelf… Shelf meet Belt.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I can see why the people who get interim belts want to wait, they don’t want to miss getting that real shot, but then again why make it an interim belt if they aren’t going to make them defend it in between. I thought the point of an interim belt was to keep it in play while the champion was hurt.

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  • trupert says:

    Let Renan fight Michael McDonald.

    Also do Wineland vs R. Assuncao
    and Easton vs Caraway
    E.Perez vs F.Rivera

    Bowles vs Torres
    Faber vs S. Jorgenson
    if Faber and Torres both win, then they coach against each other on TUF….after Bonnar/Griffin which is after the one about to start (Nelson/Carwin)….what else you gonna do with Faber now?

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Personally I’d like to see Torres vs. Faber before it’s too late to make it.

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