Barao may defend interim bantamweight belt vs. Michael McDonald
Renan Barao may defend interim bantamweight belt vs. Michael McDonald - MMA Fighting
Interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao may be asked to defend that belt instead of taking on injured champ Dominick Cruz, UFC president Dana White said after UFC 154.
White made the revelation while discussing Carlos Condit's decision to wait nine months and fight Georges St-Pierre instead of defending his interim belt. White said the two situations were not comparable, as the UFC had asked Condit to jump through hoops while pushing him aside for Nick Diaz on one occasion.
"We were talking about Barao defending his title now," White said. "Whether he wants to wait or not, we're going to go back to him soon probably here and have him defend it."
When asked if McDonald would be the challenger, he said, "I think so, yeah."