Renan “Barao” Pegado will defend his UFC interim bantamweight title against rising star Michael McDonald in 2013.

The planned booking was revealed on Tuesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight” on Fuel TV, though a specific date for the fight was not mentioned.

Barao won the interim title this past July by outpointing Urijah Faber at UFC 149 after undisputed champion Dominick Cruz pulled out of the bout due to a torn ACL. The Brazilian was then expected to face Cruz in a title unification bout when “The Dominator” returned from knee surgery, but Cruz’s comeback was cut short when he knee failed again last week in training, forcing him back onto the operating table.

“I was doing what I was allowed to do. I was on a good comeback, right on schedule, but apparently it just happened. I was training, and I found out the hard way that the cadaver tendon wasn’t as strong as it should have been at that point,” Cruz said during his “UFC Tonight” appearance. “It got weak, and it failed because it didn’t take to my body as well as it should have. I was in my brace when it occurred. I was doing everything I was allowed to. The cadaver didn’t take to my body, and the cadaver tendon failed and it split. It happens. There is nothing you can do.”

Barao, 25, has not lost in his last 30 outings, with only a 2007 no-contest blemishing his record since he he was defeated in his April 2005 pro debut. The hard-hitting Brazilian joined the UFC last year and has looked razor sharp thus far, besting Cole Escovedo, Brad Pickett, Scott Jorgensen and Faber en route to capturing the interim belt.

McDonald, meanwhile, has not competed since knocking out former World Extreme Cagefighting titlist Miguel Torres at UFC 145, undergoing hand surgery following the bout. Like Barao, “Mayday” has been perfect in his Octagon career thus far, posting four victories against no defeats. Prior to his finish of Torres, the 21-year-old competed thrice last year, besting Edwin Figueroa, Chris Cariaso and Alex Soto.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Max Holloway will 'defend the interim title 10 times' if champ Jose Aldo isn't available

  • 19 days ago
  • 36 views

UFC interim featherweight champion Max Holloway plans to stay busy if he can’t get a title-unifier with primary titleholder Jose Aldo.Filed under: News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos read news >>

It's official: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson meet for interim 155 title in UFC 209 co-main

  • 9 days ago
  • 149 views

The rumored lightweight between highly ranked Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov now is official for UFC 209 in March, and the interim title will be on the line. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Invicta FC 21 results: Megan Anderson captures interim 145-pound title, calls out future UFC champ

  • 7 days ago
  • 118 views

“Hey, Dana White,” newly-crowned Invicta FC interim featherweight champion Megan Anderson called right after yet another victorious (and violent) display. “You tell Holly (Holm) and Germaine (de Rand read news >>

Twitter, including Conor McGregor's team, reacts to UFC 209's Nurmagomedov-Ferguson interim title bout

  • 8 days ago
  • 341 views

The UFC will introduce yet another interim title when lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson clash in UFC 209’s co-main event on March 4. Check out the reactions to the new figh read news >>

Former pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva meets Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in Brooklyn

  • 8 days ago
  • 13 views

“The Spider” returns in March. Former middleweight champ and pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva is set to fight Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in Brooklyn. Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson Announced for UFC 208

  • 8 days ago
  • 16 views

UFC President Dana White announced Friday that Anderson Silva will face Derek Brunson at UFC 208. He revealed the bout with the following tweet: UFC 208 will take place Feb. 11 at the Barclays Center read news >>

Anderson Silva Returns at UFC 208 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 78 views

UFC president Dana White announced on Friday that former middleweight champion Anderson Silva would return to the Octagon at UFC 208. read news >>

Despite UFC debut loss, Marcin Held thinks he got a step up in competition with Joe Lauzon

  • 8 days ago
  • 13 views

MESA, Ariz. – Marcin Held isn’t looking for any gimme fights in the UFC. The promotion has made sure to oblige to that request by giving him Joe Lauzon in just his second UFC appearance.Filed under: read news >>

Dana White: Ronda Rousey was 'mentally and physically ready' at UFC 207, unsure of next move

  • 8 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC President Dana White is apparently as unclear as the rest of the world when it comes to the next move in the career of former UFC champion Ronda Rousey.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC Fight Night 103: Rodriguez vs. Penn Live Results and Fight Stats | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 18 views

Follow along for UFC Fight Night 103: Rodriguez vs. Penn full live results and fight stats. First fight is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 15. read news >>