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Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland Interim Bantamweight Title Fight Rescheduled for UFC 165 Co-Main Event

(Pfft. Clearly, the UFC is just trying to protect their pretty-boy interim champion. / Photo via Getty)

The UFC confirmed last week that Renan Barao‘s interim bantamweight championship fight against Eddie Wineland has been re-scheduled to serve as the co-main event of UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson (September 21st; Air Canada Centre, Toronto). The match was originally slated to headline UFC 161 last month, until Barao suffered a foot injury and had to pull out on short notice. Instead of staying on the card against a replacement opponent, Eddie Wineland was taken off the lineup altogether.

Barao has gone 31 fights without a defeat — including 20 straight victories, the last five of which were earned in the UFC — and last competed in February, where he scored a fourth-round arm-triangle choke submission against Michael McDonald. If Barao beats Wineland, he’ll become the first fighter in UFC history to defend an interim title twice — an odd achievement, made possible by the fact that actual champion Dominick Cruz is suffering through one of the longest injury layoffs in recorded history.

By comparison, Eddie Wineland’s two-fight win streak is much less impressive, although he did score wins over perennial contenders Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett last year. So, will Eddie just be another notch on Barao’s bed-post, or does he legitimately stand a chance here?

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Kimbos Bread- July 9, 2013 at 9:11 pm
Cruz should seriously be stripped of his belt, and handed a walking stick and a handkerchief in consolation.

Barao should be forced to see and Orthadontist before competing for the vacant title.
Reatele- July 9, 2013 at 7:43 am
as Dorothy responded I'm surprised that a mother able to profit $8597 in a few weeks on the computer. have you seen this website
angry little feet- July 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm
I agree that it's time to strip Cruz of the belt. It's been entirely too long. And in my opinion, Nosferatu here has earned having that "interim" shit dropped from his title.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm
amsterdamheavy- July 8, 2013 at 9:49 am
Cruz needs to be stripped. Nothing personal, but this is ri-goddamned-diculous at this point. Cruz doesnt deserve the belt or title any longer; it has been *636* days.

Frank Mir was stripped after 419 days. The only difference between the two was the Mir thought he could come back and then had to pull out of a reunification bout, at which time he was promptly stripped.

No hurry to do anything with Cruz though. Maybe this is more indicative of the apathy the 125/135ers generate. No one really cares if we have an interim 135 champ for 2 years.
The12ozCurls- July 8, 2013 at 7:43 am
Barao looks like Chaka from Land of the Lost. Yikes!