Promotion officials announced the booking early Thursday morning. UFC on Fuel TV 7 takes place at Wembley Arena in London and marks the Las Vegas-based organization’s first trip to the United Kingdom’s capital since October 2010.
Barao was initially expected to face undisputed bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz once “The Dominator” recovered from ACL surgery, but that title unification bout was nixed after Cruz injured the same knee in training last week.
Barao now faces McDonald on the strength of a 29-fight winning streak, with only a 2007 no-contest marring his record in his last 30 fights. The 25-year-old won the interim belt by stepping in for an injured Cruz to face Urijah Faber this past July at UFC 149, earning a one-sided unanimous decision over “The California Kid” to garner his first taste of UFC gold.
McDonald, meanwhile, has spent much of 2012 recovering from hand surgery following his first-round knockout of ex-WEC champion Miguel Torres at UFC 145 this past April. The highly regarded prospect has suffered just one setback in his pro career, and, like his opponent, the 21-year-old has been perfect since joining the UFC, rattling off four straight Octagon wins to earn a crack at Barao’s belt.view original article >>
Raquel "Rocky" Pennington's battle with injuries continue following an ATV accident in Colorado. First reported by Combate, Pennington confirmed the news to MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani on Friday. read news >>
Interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker shares his thoughts on the main event of UFC 217 between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre. read news >>
Follow along for UFC Fight Night 120: Poirier vs. Pettis full live results and fight stats. First fight is slated for 6:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm PT on Saturday. read news >>
Follow along for UFC Fight Night 122: Bisping vs. Gastelum full live results and fight stats. First fight is slated for 3:45 am ET / 12:45 am PT on Nov. 25. read news >>
Next year’s UFC Fight Night 126 event in Texas has its first fight, and it’s an intriguing one.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Robert Whittaker favored Michael Bisping to beat Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, but it looks like he’ll fight GSP instead.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin, who’s previously flirted with the idea of an MMA return, is apparently interested again.Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC read news >>
If UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker gets the next crack at Georges St-Pierre, he feels good about his chances.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is apparently a patient man.Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>
A stacked card for UFC Fight Night 120 is set after Friday's official early weigh-in, although one main card fighter missed the mark by several pounds. read news >>