Although UFC 169 won’t feature Jon Jones taking on Glover Teixeira as originally expected, the February 1st card will include not one… but two title fights. At featherweight, champion Jose Aldo will look to defend his belt versus Ricardo Lamas, and at bantamweight, Renan Barao will finally throw down with champ Dominick Cruz. Now that is how you go about booking a ‘can’t miss’ card.
When Cruz (19-1) steps into the Octagon that night he’ll be fighting for the first time since October, 2011, when he handed Demetrious Johnson a UD loss. The 28 year-old fighter, who has won 10 straight bouts, has been sidelined for over two yeas as a result of two knee surgeries.
Barao (31-1) has been ruling the bantamweight division in Cruz’s absence, as the 26 year-old has won 6 straight fights now in the UFC to become one of the promotion’s best P4P fighters. Barao-Cruz definitely has the potential to be an instant classic.
Today’s announcement will come as welcome news to Lamas fans, as the featherweight and his supporters have been campaigning for a shot at Aldo for some time. In fact, even the champ has said “The Bully” deserved a crack at the belt.
Lamas (13-2) hasn’t fought since January when he put away Erik Koch at UFC on FOX 6. The well rounded fighter has won four straight fights, which includes a victory over fellow contender Cub Swanson.
Aldo (23-1) continued his impressive reign in August by stopping “The Korean Zombie” in round four. The champion has won five straight now in the Octagon after moving over from the WEC.
Don’t forget that UFC 169 will also feature a compelling heavyweight scrap between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem. Should be a memorable night.
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