That didn’t take long. After it was announced that Dominick Cruz will be out until 2014 the UFC let it be known that Renan Barao would defend his interim title against Michael McDonald. The two hoped to be matched early, but with most fight cards already lined up for a main event it looked doubtful. Luckily, the UFC is not beyond putting on a title bout on Fuel TV, as the interim bantamweight title will now be up for grabs on February 16th in London at UFC on FUEL TV 7.
This was not the only fight that has been added to the card with four other fights being announced by the UFC. First, Danny Castillo and Paul Sass will look to rebound from their recent losses. Both were riding three fight win streaks into their last fight, and both were stopped with Sass being submitted and Castillo being knocked out. Next, Terry Etim will take on Renee Forte. Etim last saw competition in January of this year when he was knocked out by Edson Barboza, and Forte made his debut at UFC 153 where he was submitted in the third round.
Bantamweight Vaughn Lee was almost set for the biggest fight of his career against Urijah Faber, but now he will have to settle for Motonubu Tezuka who lost is debut in the octagon. Both have lost their last fights, and another loss for either of them could spell an end to their time in the UFC. Lastly, Ulysses Gomez will be taking on Phil Harris in a flyweight battle on Harris home turf. Gomez has been considered one of the best at flyweight for a long time, but his short notice debut ended in disappointment and a knockout loss. Harris suffered a similar fate when he was choked out int he second round in his debut. It looks like the lighter weight classes are taking over England and FUEL TV this coming February.