Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao, Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas Headline UFC 169

Dominick Cruz

 

Dominick Cruz

  • 19-1 MMA / 2-0 UFC Record
  • 10 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Joseph Benavidez (x2), Urijah Faber, Demetrious Johnson

Renan Barao

 

Renan Barao

  • 31-1 MMA / 6-0 UFC Record
  • 31 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Michael McDonald, Eddie Wineland, Urijah Faber

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Jose Aldo

 

Jose Aldo

  • 23-1 MMA / 5-0 UFC Record
  • 16 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Urijah Faber, Frank Edgar, Chad Mendes

Ricardo Lamas

 

Ricardo Lamas

  • 13-2 MMA / 4-0 UFC Record
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Erik Koch, Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki

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UFC 169

February 1st, 2014

Newark, New Jersey

Prudential Center

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UFC officials announced today that two big title fights will headline UFC 169 on there big Super Bowl weekend card. The bantamweight title will finally be unified when current title holder Dominick Cruz meets interim champ, Renan Barao in a long awaited match-up. Also, Jose Aldo will try and defend his featherweight title against Ricardo Lamas.

Dominick Cruz has been sidelined for over two years with several knee injuries and surgeries, The last time he defended the belt was in October of 2011, when he defeated Demetrious Johnson (who is now the UFC’s flyweight champion) by unanimous decision at UFC Live on Versus in October of 2011. Cruz is on an eleven-fight win streak, dating back to March of 2008.

Interim 135-pound champion, Renan Barao defended his title for a second time at UFC 165, stopping Eddie Wineland in the second round via TKO. After losing his mixed martial arts debut, Barao has rattled off an unprecedented 31-straight victories in the cage. He defeated Urijah Faber by unanimous decision at UFC 149 to become the interim champion, and has since defended it successfully against Michael McDonald and Wineland.

Jose Aldo extended his winning streak to sixteen, following a fourth round TKO victory over Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163. He was crowned the UFC’s featherweight champion in April of 2011, and has defended the title four times including wins over Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, and Frank Edgar.

Ricardo Lamas became the UFC’s 145-pound title #1 contender with a vicious second round TKO win over Erik Koch at UFC on FOX 6. Since the UFC/WEC merger in January of 2011, Lamas has earned stoppage victories over Matt Grice and Cub Swanson, also a dominant decision victory over Hatsu Hioki.

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