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Renan Barao Will Not Defend Interim Title, Opts to Wait for Dominick Cruz

Despite all the criticism interim UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit drew from forgoing a defense of the interim title, Renan “Barao” has opted to go the same route. The Nova Uniao product, who earned the promotion’s interim bantamweight title by defeating Urijah Faber at UFC 149 in July, remained open to a title defense before unifying titles with current champion Dominick Cruz, his tune seems to have changed.

Barao’s coach,¬†Andre Pederneiras, dismissed any thoughts of Barao fighting again, saying,¬†“He just won the title, just fought. We will wait. Look how long the wait was for Condit and GSP to unify the belt?” Cruz could be out until next summer with severe ACL damage, The Brazialian opting out of title defense essentially sending the bantamweight division into stasis for the time being.


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