Huge news for the lighter weight classes was reported today, as Jose Aldo will defend his featherweight crown against Ricardo Lamas and Renan Barao, the current bantamweight champion is set to defend his belt against Dominick Cruz. Both of these title bouts have been added to the UFC 169 card, which takes place in Newark.
This card will take place on Super Bowl weekend, one of the biggest weekends for sports. Both of these title fights have the makings to be an instant classic, and it’s amazing to see the UFC book great bouts for the fans. First, let’s take a look at the Barao vs. Cruz bout.
Cruz will be coming into this bout as the champ. He has beaten a who’s who of fighters in the lighter weight classes, which include Urijah Faber, Scott Jorgensen, Joseph Benavidez, Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson. He will finally get to defend his belt against the killer interim champ, Barao.
Barao comes into this bout off an impressive KO victory over Eddie Wineland. He has power in his hands and feet and is a serious threat when the fight hits the mat. It should be an entertaining scrap which will finally tell us who the best bantamweight in the world is.
Headlining the card, Aldo is looking to bring his impressive UFC record to 6-0 and retain his featherweight strap. He has only lost once, and he is one of the most feared strikers in all of the UFC. His latest victory was against Chan Sung Jung, a bout that he dominated at the end. Lamas comes into this championship bout looking to make a statement, and he is currently on a four-fight winning streak. In his latest win, he was able to dominate Erik Koch, proving he is a force when the fight hits the mat.
Both of these title fights should be fun for the fans, and it’s going to be a stacked pay-per-view at UFC 169 if all fighters stay healthy.