UFC Interim Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao defended his title last night against former WEC champion Eddie Wineland, and he was able to do it via knockout in the second round. Barao now has the most interim title defenses in history, and sets up a bout with current bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Cruz is set to return to action at the beginning of the year or UFC President Dana White is set to strip him of his title. Cruz was at the FOX Sports desk during the fights, and he is looking forward to an upcoming bout with the defending interim champion.
Cruz told FOX Sports:
“It’s a nice way that Renan sets things up. In the second round he lands a beautiful spinning back kick and gets the knockout. The reason he’s able to land the kick is he got Wineland to stand still on his feints and he timed the spin perfectly. Barao was reading him in the first round. He was catching Wineland by reading his timing and speed, then he got the distance, the timing and delivered the spinning kick. The most impressive thing about Barao is he mixes things up. He throws the right hand and hook to see how you react. If you react to that, then he throws the spinning back kick.”
“I want to fight the best guy when I come back. I think I can challenge him and I know I can beat him. I can really trick him out. I want to prove to the world why I have the title. I look at it as a chess match. He mixes it up better than anyone in the division. I’m ready for that and I cannot wait.”
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