UFC has announced two championship matches for UFC 169, which takes place Super Bowl Weekend, Feb. 1, 2014.
In the first title match, UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will be making his sixth title defense against Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas. The Bully has been considered by many as the No. 1 contender for a long time and now he is going to get his shot at UFC gold.
In terms of ground skills, Lamas and Aldo are close; however the champion has an edge when it comes to striking and overall experience. Although Lamas has risen to contender status, Aldo has been known to knock up and comers off the mountain.
In the second title match, UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will take on UFC Interim Bantamweight champion Renan Barao in a title unification match. Cruz has not fought in two years while Barao has been carrying the duties of a champion. He has successfully defended the interim title against Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland, as well as climbed his way into the Top 10 pound-for-pound fighter rankings.
Although there is a chance for Cruz to reclaim his spot as the top 135-pound fighter in the world, it will not be an easy task. Barao is on a hot streak and wants to be recognized as the true champion. Although it may be hard to say, Cruz might be the underdog going into this fight.
Still as the old saying goes “anything can happen in MMA” and Cruz just may show the world why he is the champion.
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