Renan Barao to Defend Interim Belt Against Eddie Wineland in UFC 161 Main Event
will defend his interim bantamweight title against
in the main event of UFC
UFC officials confirmed the booking Wednesday following an initial
report from ESPN.
UFC 161 marks the organization’s first trip to the Canadian
province of Manitoba and takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in
Winnipeg. In addition to the evening’s headliner, the pay-per-view
card will also showcase a pair of light heavyweight confrontations
Evans against Dan
Henderson and Mauricio Rua
Barao, 26, has tasted defeat just once in 32 professional
appearances and has not lost since his pro debut back in 2005. The
Brazilian has rattled off five straight wins to start his Octagon
career, capturing the interim bantamweight title by outpointing
Faber last summer. Most recently, Barao defended his belt for
the first time at UFC on Fuel TV 7, submitting challenger Michael
McDonald with a fourth-round arm-triangle choke last month.
The inaugural World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion,
Wineland, 28, joined the UFC in 2011. Despite suffering consecutive
defeats in his first two Octagon appearances, the Hoosier rebounded
to post victories over Scott
Jorgensen and Brad
Pickett last year. Nearly a 10-year pro, Wineland holds 15
career finishes to his credit and has been stopped just five times
in 29 outings.
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