Barao to wait for Cruz, not defend interim title

Thursday, October 18, 2012

UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao has been on the sidelines since his July 21st win over Urijah Faber to claim the belt. Dominick Cruz, the holder of the regular belt, is expected to be on the shelf for a while longer while he rehabs his torn ACL, and it was expected that Barao would probably defend his interim title at least once while Cruz was still out. But in an interview with UOL, Barao’s coach Andre Pederneiras dismissed that notion and says Barao will wait for Cruz to return for a title unification match:

“He just won the title, just fought. We will wait. Look how long the wait was for Condit and GSP to unify the belt?”

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