The UFC has announced the main event for their debut fight card in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao will defend his title against former WEC bantamweight champ Eddie Wineland. The match-up was first revealed by Brent Okamoto of ESPN.com and later confirmed by UFC officials.
Interim champ Renan Barao showed top form in his first title defense, finishing a very game Michael McDonald in the fourth round via arm-triangle choke to retain his title. The Brazilian is currently riding a 31-fight winning streak, one of the longest in MMA history. Whilst it was thought that Barao would await the bantamweight champ Dominck Cruz, it appears the champ will not be ready in time so he will make his second title defense against Michael McDonald.
Wineland avoided a 0-3 start to his UFC run with a Fight of the Night knockout victory over Scott Jorgensen to save his spot on the roster. He would follow that up with an outstanding performance against Brad Pickett which lead him to this long awaited title opportunity. After Barao’s submission win over McDonald, Eddie tweeted that he would like to fight Barao and he got his wish.
UFC 161 takes place June 15 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.