Eddie Wineland will get a crack at interim UFC bantamweight champ Renan Barao after all, as the two will reportedly fight, September 21st at UFC 165. The championship fight will co-headline the Toronto bound event, alongside a light-heavyweight tilt between champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.
The promotion’s Canadian Twitter feed announced the bout, which will take place approximately three months after Barao and Wineland were scheduled to fight at UFC 161 on June 15th. Barao was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a foot injury, however, and Wineland was also pulled from the card.
Barao (30-1) will head into the fight carrying a not too shabby 30 fight win streak, which includes wins over men like Urijah Faber, Scott Jorgensen, Brad Pickett and most recently Michael McDonald.
Wineland (20-8-1), meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back wins over Jorgensen and Pickett, after losing by UD to Faber and Joseph Benavidez. Prior to those defeats the vet had won four straight with the WEC.
One could conclude from the announcement that champion Dominick Cruz is still several months away from returning. The renowned fighter is recovering from two knee surgeries and hasn’t fought now since October, 2011.
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