Barao: Cruz plans to fight in February of 2014

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has been on the sidelines since late 2011, due to back-to-back ACL surgeries.

During Cruz’s absence, the UFC crowned an interim bantamweight champion by the name of Renan Barao (30-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC).

Cruz recently travelled to Brazil to attend UFC 163 this past Saturday, where he crossed paths with the 135-pound interim champ.

According to Barao, who spoke briefly with Cruz, “The Dominator” will be fighting again in February of 2014:

“We only exchanged a few words because my English isn’t that good,” Renan told “He told me he’s returning on February. I was really happy to hear that. I hope he can return so we can finally fight.”

Barao is set to defend his interim bantamweight title against former WEC champ Eddie Wineland (20-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at next month’s UFC 165 event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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