Renan Barão Reportedly Out of UFC 161 Title Defense Due to Injury

May 18, 2013
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Renan Barao cracks Brad Pickett at UFC 138UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barão is reportedly out of his UFC 161 title defense bout against Eddie Wineland.

Barão apparently injured his right foot, and will not have time to recover, according to

Barão (30-1) won the interim belt with a five-round unanimous decision victory over former WEC champion Urijah Faber at UFC 149 in Calgary last summer.

The Brazilian champion had hoped to wait for UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz to return from injury before fighting again. When Cruz’s recovery was delayed, Barão defended his belt against Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel TV 7 in London in February. He submitted McDonald late in the fourth round.

The fight with Wineland was to be Barão’s second interim title defense.

UFC 161 is slated for June 15 at MTS Centre in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada.

There has been no comment from UFC officials yet on Barão’s withdrawal or a replacement.

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  • projectchapter2

    Poor Wineland. I know he is a long shot but I was going to be rooting for him because I feel that Barao has lost some of his killer instinct. Don’t get me wrong Barao is still sick but he seems more timid than he used to be. Hope this fight still happens.


    I say strip Barão and have Eddie fight TJ Dillashaw for the interim belt. Winner of that fight faces Cruz when he returns.

    • Lucas Freire


      Really? Barão defended the Belt while Cruz has something like 2 years without a fight.

      And you say he should be stripped of the belt,while Cruz should fight the next interim champ.

    • Timothy Malone

      We just need an interim interim champion.

  • shakejunt

    faber would be a good main event replacement, but if not then maybe alcantara will be up for it?

  • Andy

    Is Cruz close to coming back?