It appears as if interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao wants to remain as active as possible. Barao is rumored to be headed for the main event slot at UFC 161 this June against Eddie Wineland, according to ESPN.
Barao (30-1) recently defended his title against Michael McDonald. He is unbeaten since his pro debut, and has been waiting to face Dominick Cruz to unify the belts.
Cruz (19-1), though, remains sidelined with a knee injury. “The Dominator” has stated he does not know when he will be cleared to return to action.
Wineland (20-8-1) is coming off a decision victory over Brad Pickett late in 2012, improving his UFC record to 2-2.
The card is set for June 15 from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The source confirmed the fight with UFC president Dana White, but nothing has been made official by the promotion yet.
Wineland also confirmed the fight on Twitter, as did the UFC’s official Canadian page. The challenger wrote, “Thank you a million times over (UFC president Dana White, the UFC, and UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby) for this opportunity! It’s my time now!!!”
A pair of key light heavyweights bouts between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, along with Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley, have all been announced for the card.