Although some fans weren’t on board with Yves Lavigne’s decision to stop the Renan Barao-Eddie Wineland bout when he did, and the latter certainly didn’t agree, it was another huge win for the interim bantamweight champ. Wineland has demonstrated repeatedly that he’s a dangerous fighter, and when you consider his most recent losses came against noted contenders like Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez, defeating the vet is no easy task.
In addition, it marked the 32nd time in a row that Barao hasn’t been defeated. When you consider that, as well as the amount of top ranked fighters Barao’s defeated, it’s no surprise he’s ranked #7 in the UFC’s P4P rankings. Speaking after UFC 165, Dana White had nothing but praise for Barao, who has defended the interim title twice now (comment via MMA Junkie.com):
“You know how hard it is to go eight years undefeated?” White asked. “Seriously, think about that. He doesn’t get enough credit for the record he has and what this guy is capable of doing, and it’s not just like he’s undefeated and the goes to decision and outpoints you. This dude f—ing destroys you.”
Yes, quite often he does. White also confirmed that if reigning champ Dominick Cruz is ready to return in early 2014, then the promotion will book Cruz-Barao. If “The Dominator” can’t, however, then the UFC will “do something else.” Considering Cruz will have been out for over two years at that point, chances are Barao would be named official champion.
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