UFC instituting time restrictions on interim belts


Sometimes the UFC champion is injured and severly enough to force them out of action for a considerable time. In this case the UFC will often institute an interim title bout, such as was the case with Dominick Cruz. Renan Barao won the interim bantamweight title and has now defended it twice while Cruz has set out for almost two years. UFC President Dana White revealed today that he intends to introduce term limits whereby if the champion doesn't return, the interim champ will become the undisputed division champion:

"We have thought about it, and we will do it," White said on Monday. "We're probably going to do that soon."

"This is one of those situations where, Dominick Cruz is a good kid," White said. "He's a great champion. He was supposed to fight Urijah Faber at the end of that season of The Ultimate Fighter. He's a champion, he gets a piece of pay-per-view. That fight was supposed to be on the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen card, which was a home run for him. It's literally a lottery ticket.

"It's a combination of me feeling really bad for him, and him being such a good person. ... Do I think we let it play out too long? Maybe. But if I look at who the champion is, then I say no. I feel bad for the kid."

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tags: Dana White   Renan Barao (detail)  Dominick Cruz (detail)  


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I AM A MOFO site profile image  

10/8/13 4:06 PM by I AM A MOFO

Bout fucking time. I don't care how nice or likable Cruz is, calling him champ when we haven't seen him fight in LITERALLY years is a fucking joke. Not to mention how it screws over other guys like Barao who should be on top of the world right now but has an asterisk on his title and earning potential instead.Dana may say his turn is "coming" but it should have happened a good while ago. He's missed out on a lot already because of Dana babying Cruz.

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10/8/13 3:52 PM by RedDragons


JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

10/8/13 3:19 PM by JimmersonzGlove

Of course he doesnt.

Tweener site profile image  

10/8/13 2:38 PM by Tweener

Guess we can add you to the list of people who don't understand what the word "literally" means.

The Little Axe Murderer site profile image  

10/8/13 1:15 PM by The Little Axe Murderer

Cruz lost millions of dollars cause of his injury so ya, it was a lottery ticket

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10/8/13 11:45 AM by Mix6APlix


undisputed1972 site profile image  

10/8/13 11:40 AM by undisputed1972

Barao would have to beat Cruz to become undisputed champion, unless Cruz retires or leaves the division. He can only become undisputed 'titleholder' if the lineal champion is stripped.

Tweener site profile image  

10/8/13 11:20 AM by Tweener

Dana and his love for completely misusing the word "literally". It is literally NOT a lottery ticket.

Tweener site profile image  

10/8/13 11:19 AM by Tweener

Dana and his love for completely misusing the word "literally". It is literally NOT a lottery ticket.

The Little Axe Murderer site profile image  

10/8/13 8:16 AM by The Little Axe Murderer

He's not getting any lottery ticket but he's certainly getting more money and fameThan Cruz that's for sure.